Ricky Davis’ 17-foot jump shot with 0.8 second remaining lifted Erie to a 97-95 victory Wednesday over the Mad Ants in front of 4,718 fans at Erie Insurance Arena.
Sadiel Rojas’ putback tied the game with 4.5 second remaining for Fort Wayne, which lost for only the fifth time in its last 15 games.
Ron Howard led the Mad Ants (16-12) with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting, but Fort Wayne never led by more than four points against the BayHawks (9-20).
Newly acquired center Brian Butch, a former D-League all-star, played 14 minutes in his debut and had three points and four rebounds. He was acquired Monday in a trade with Bakersfield for a second-round pick and the rights to Anthony Richardson.
But Fort Wayne was outscored 62-46 in the paint by Erie.
Erie was led by Terrence Jennings’ 17 points and 13 apiece from Micah Downs and Alex Oriakhi.
Davis finished with eight points.
Tony R. Mitchell had 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting for Fort Wayne. Trey McKinney-Jones had 11 points. The other Tony Mitchell, on assignment from the Detroit Pistons, had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Peyton Siva, also of the Pistons, had 10 points and five assists.
On Saturday, the Mad Ants play host to Sioux Falls at Memorial Coliseum.