C.J. Wilcox had 25 points, as the Mad Ants lost 111-106 to the Salt Lake City Stars on Tuesday night.
It snapped Fort Wayne’s winning streak at four games, one game off its longest of the season, as it failed to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. Southwest Division-leading Salt Lake (21-7) has won four straight games.
Former Indiana University star Juwan Morgan had 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting for the Stars. Justin Wright-Foreman added 20 points. Former Purdue player Isaac Haas had 10 points and nine rebounds.
An announced crowd of 1,079 attended the game at the Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the teams honored the late Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, by taking 24-second violations to start the game. Bryant wore No. 24.
The Mad Ants (13-15) had played the South Bay Lakers in El Segundo, California, winning 149-124 on Saturday, the day before Bryant’s death.
The Mad Ants trailed big early – 50-36 – after Wright-Foreman’s finger roll with 4:06 remaining in the second quarter. But they recovered with a 13-0 run, culminating with a Walt Lemon Jr. pullup jump shot.
Again, it seemed Salt Lake City would pull away; a Morgan putback made it 58-51 with 10:55 left in the third quarter and a Mike Scott 3-pointer made it 88-81 with 9:37 remaining in the fourth. Fort Wayne rallied to tie it at 97 on Ben Moore’s putback with 3:50 left.
Morgan’s cut through the lane for a dunk put the Stars up for good at 101-99 with 3:03 left.
Wilcox made 7 of 11 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Lemon had 21 points and 10 assists. Stephan Hicks had 21 points, making 8 of 11 shots, with seven rebounds. Moore added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mad Ants play host to the Canton Charge 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.