Bismarck, North Dakota --
With 3:35 left in the game, the Springfield Armor took the lead for the first time since late in the first quarter and outscored the Dakota Wizards 23-11 in the quarter to come away with a 98-94 victory over the home team. Newly re-acquired JamesOn Curry and Jerry Smith led the way for the Armor scoring 23 points apiece. Curry also dished out 11 assists on the night and Smith swiped 5 steals.
Dakota got off to a slow start getting behind 0-7, but quickly got back on track as the two teams ended the first quarter tied at 25. To start the second quarter, Justin Johnson rattled off a quick 6 of his 13 second quarter points to give the Wizards the lead as Dakota led 49-46 heading into the locker rooms.
Dakota would go up by as many as 10 points in the third quarter but their offense sputtered in the fourth and the Armor were able to chip away at the lead and shut down any chance of a comeback from the Wizards.
Mike Anderson led the Wizards with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots on the night. Anthony Goods chipped in with 18 points, Maurice Baker had 16, and Justin Johnson tallied 15.
Four other Armor players finished in double figures. Lance Hurdle finished with 14 points, Jeff Foote had 12 (11 rebounds), and both LD Williams and David Akinyooye pitched in 10.
The same two teams square off tomorrow night at 7:00pm in the Bismarck Civic Center.