GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Drive earned its second consecutive victory by beating the Wisconsin Herd 114-112 on Wednesday in an NBA G League game.
The Drive (4-3) got a big performance off the bench from Johnny Hamilton, who recorded 21 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Michael Bethea Jr. and Scottie Lindsey scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, making their first starts of the year.
For the Herd (1-6), James Young scored a game-high 25 points, Michigan State alumni Travis Trice II scored 21 points with nine rebounds, Trevon Duval had 18 points and Brandon McCoy finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Herd put together a 13-6 run in the final three minutes to trail by two with 12 seconds remaining. But they were forced to foul, and the Drive’s Keenan Evans knocked down both free throws to ice the game.
Blue joins Herd: The Herd has added guard Vander Blue to the team’s roster.
Wisconsin obtained the returning player rights to Blue on Nov. 16 from the South Bay Lakers.
In his five NBA G League seasons, Blue holds career averages of 23.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, and earned 2017 NBA G League Most Valuable Player honors.
The Wisconsin native played three seasons at Marquette, where he received NCAA All-East Region Team member honors and All-Big East second team.
Trice chosen: Herd guard Travis Trice was named to the 12-man USA roster for the November USA World Cup Qualifying Team. Trice previously represented the USA in the September 2018 World Cup Qualifier.
The team will train Nov. 23-25 at the Houston Rockets’ practice facility. The USA will play two second-round games, the first versus Argentina on Nov. 29 in La Rioja, Argentina, and the second Dec. 2 versus Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The USA will complete its World Cup Qualifying competition with a pair of second-round February home games in Greensboro, North Carolina. The team will play Panama on Feb. 22 and Argentina on Feb. 25.