The Fort Wayne Mad Ants (11-10) defeated the Wisconsin Herd (3-18), 125-120, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Friday night.
Despite Fort Wayne leading the entire first half, Wisconsin rallied to lead by as much as seven in the third quarter. Fort Wayne would build the lead back to as large as 10 in the fourth quarter, en route to its second win this season against the central division foe.
Stephan Hicks finished with a career-high 32 points on 15-of-28 shooting. Hicks ended the night tying his career-high mark with 15 rebounds.
All five starters finished in double figures for the Mad Ants for only the second time this season. Indiana Pacers assignee Alize Johnson saw his 11-game double-double streak come to an end with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Omari Johnson poured in 12 of his 14 points after halftime behind 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
Pacers two-way players Davon Reed and Edmond Sumner chipped in 18 and 17 points each to help the Mad Ants surpass the .500 mark again on the season.
Tra-Deon Hollins tied a career-high off the bench with 12 assists in just under 28 minutes.
Wisconsin was led by 30 points and 18 rebounds from Christian Wood. Travis Trice II added 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Trevon Duval and Vander Blue each tallied 17 and 13 points each off the bench.
The Mad Ants return home on Monday night to take on Stockton, while Wisconsin will take on Lakeland on Sunday night.
Monday is a “Money Monday” presented by 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union. Tickets are available by visiting ftwaynemadants.com or calling 260-469-4667.