An earlier than usual start didn’t hinder the Spurs.
With the game tipping off at 11 a.m. local time, Austin held off a late charge to top the Iowa Wolves 114-112 Thursday afternoon to maintain a two-game lead in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division.
Nick Johnson had a double-double, scoring 20 points and dishing out 10 assists. Jaron Blossomgame and Livio Jean-Charles both scored 23 points while Jeff Ledbetter added 18 points off the bench.
The Spurs had a 20-point lead after three quarters, but the Wolves had a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring Austin 34-16 in the final period before Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to seal the win.
Johnson started the game strong for the Spurs, scoring 10 points in the first quarter and tallying five assists to help Austin build a five-point lead.
Blossomgame led the charge in the second and third quarters, scoring 19 points in that span as the Austin lead ballooned to its biggest of the game at 20 points. Iowa, meanwhile, was held to a game-low 24 points in each of the two quarters.
Six different Iowa players scored in the fourth quarter to help mount the comeback and the Wolves tied the game with 32 seconds left thanks to a layup by former Duke standout Amile Jefferson.
But Austin had just enough left in the tank to win for the eighth time in the last nine games.
Austin heads to South Texas to face off with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers Saturday at 7 p.m. before returning home for a Sunday matinee against Iowa Sunday at 3 p.m. at the H-E-B Center.