Brandon Goodwin’s drive from the 3-point line and into the lane for a one-handed hook with 2.2 seconds remaining in Southaven, Mississippi, propelled the Memphis Hustle to a 120-118 victory tonight over the Mad Ants.
The Mad Ants’ Edmond Sumner had tied the game at 118 with a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left in front of an announced crowd of 934 at the Landers Center.
Sumner had 28 points – he made 11 of 19 shots – and added four assists.
Ike Anigbogu totaled 19 points and 10 rebounds. Stephan Hicks had 15 points for Fort Wayne (3-3).
In their first game since losing both Ben Moore, who was signed to a two-way contract by the San Antonio Spurs, and Davon Reed, called up to the Indiana Pacers, the Mad Ants got 11 points and 12 rebounds from Alize Johnson, a Pacers rookie.
Goodwin totaled 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting for the Hustle (4-3). Yuta Watanabe had 32 points, converting 11 of 19 shots, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range. And Jevon Carter had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Memphis.
The Mad Ants are off until Sunday’s 3 p.m. game at Hoffman Estates, Illinois, against the Windy City Bulls.