Mason leads the way with third 30-point game of the season
OSHKOSH, Wis (Feb. 13, 2020) – The Wisconsin Herd (27-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, snagged its fourth consecutive win with a 126-115 victory over the Greensboro Swarm (7-27) on Thursday night inside Menominee Nation Arena.
Frank Mason collected his third 30-point game of the season and led all Herd players with a team-high 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting. Luke Maye recorded his sixth double-double of the season and posted 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Jemerrio Jones and D.J. Hogg had 15 points apiece. Jones also collected his second 20-rebound game of the season and nabbed 21 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Cameron Reynolds and A.J. Hess each had 13 points and Hess did so by making three of his five three-pointers.
Kobi Simmons, who serves as a Two-Way player for the Swarm, poured in a game-high 32 points and made 12 field goals in the process. Ray Spalding, Greensboro’s other Two-Way player, totaled 25 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Terry Henderson notched 13 points and six rebounds in a reserve role. Tyler Nelson pitched in with 10 points off the bench.
Wisconsin began the game by making its first three shots from the field, but upon reaching the first media timeout, the Swarm shot 5-of-8 and led 11-6. Following the stoppage, the Herd tied the game at 13 and ultimately used an 11-2 run to take a 17-13 advantage. Wisconsin led by eight points on a couple occasions, and offensively, the team was led by Adams. The recent Midseason All-NBA selection made four of his five shots from the field and led Herd players with 10 points in the frame. Despite Wisconsin’s eight-point lead, Greensboro forced a prompt Herd timeout after evening the score at 27. Out of the timeout, the Swarm regained the lead on a three-point shot by Simmons. Over the final 4:25, Greensboro outscored Wisconsin 15-4. For the quarter, the Swarm shot 52% from the field and led 32-29 at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
To start the second quarter, Mason tallied the first four points, which gave the Herd the lead once more. The period wound up being nip-and-tuck as there were two ties and seven lead changes. With 1:18 remaining in the half, Wisconsin forged ahead on a layup by Adams. Over the final 90 seconds, the Herd scored seven of the final nine points in the half and turned a marginal one-point deficit into a four-point lead. In the second quarter, Wisconsin shot 50%, made six three-pointers, posted 37 points and led 66-62 at the intermission.
Greensboro scored the first points of the second half, but the Herd posted the next four points which resulted in a Swarm timeout. At the 4:49 mark of the third quarter, Henderson knocked down his first long ball of the night, which put the Swarm in front, 82-80. The Greensboro lead was short-lived as Leon Gilmore and Shannon Bogues put Wisconsin back in front on consecutive baskets. To conclude the period, Mason gave the Herd a two-point lead on a technical foul free throw. The Swarm won the quarter by two and trailed by one possession heading into the final 12 minutes.
Maye began the fourth quarter by pouring in his second three of the night. With 3:35 left to play in the game, Wisconsin grabbed its first double figure lead of the evening on a driving layup by Bogues. In the final 30 seconds of the contest, the Herd recorded its largest lead of the night on yet another free throw by Mason. The freebie at the charity stripe gave Wisconsin a 126-112 lead. In the final stanza, the Herd shot over 60%, recorded its second 30-point quarter of the night and collected its 13th double-digit victory of the season.
With the win, Wisconsin now has 27 victories which is the most in the G League. In addition, the Herd snaps a four-game head-to-head losing streak and improves to 2-5 all-time against Greensboro.
The Herd will enjoy a few days off for the 2020 NBA All-Star break. Wisconsin will return to action next Wednesday night against the Grand Rapids Drive. Tip-off inside DeltaPlex Arena is set for 6PM CT.