DES MOINES, Iowa — JaKarr Sampson came within one point of tying a season-high Friday night, giving the Iowa Energy (11-33) a spark off the bench in a 101-97 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders (31-13).
With the setback, the Energy are now 0-4 this season against the D-Fenders.
After getting outscored 77-69 in the first three quarters, the Energy were able to pull within two points after JaKarr Sampson’s three-pointer made the game 90-88 with 1:50 remaining. That was the closest Iowa would get, using a buzzer-beating 3 by Wes Washpun to make the final deficit 4 points.
Sampson finished 10 of 12 from the field, including a perfect 5 for 5 from three. His five three-pointers made was a season-high.
Defensively, Iowa held Los Angeles 10 points below their season average from the field, as the D-Fenders shot just 37.6 percent. The Energy made more shots from the field (37-85) and had a higher shooting percentage (43.5 percent) than their opponent, but Los Angeles’ free-throw shooting made the difference (23 of 27).
Kellen Dunham scored a season-high 17 points while shooting 5 of 7 from deep and 6 of 8 from the field. His five three-pointers made was also a season-high.
UNI alum Wes Washpun recorded 15 points off the bench for Iowa to go along with five assists and a team-high three steals.
Memphis Grizzlies alum Deytona Davis notched his third consecutive double-double of the season, recording 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Jarell Martin finished a rebound shy of joining Davis in the double-double club (10 points, nine rebounds).
Four of the D-Fenders five starters scored in double digits. DeJuan Blair was Los Angeles’ high man for the second straight game, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals off the bench.