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Mad Ants lose at Iowa

The record will have to wait.

Moses Ehambe's free throws with 2 seconds left Thursday provided the Iowa Energy with just enough cushion to fend off the Mad Ants, 129-128 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

The victory cooled off the Mad Ants (28-16), who had won six of their previous seven games, including the last four. The Energy (25-17) did it with balance, putting seven players in double figures, led by Ehambe and Austin Freeman with 23 apiece.

The Mad Ants, who also had seven double-figure scorers, were led by Trey McKinney Jones with 25. Tony Mitchell added 18, Tim Ohlbrecht 17, Ron Howard 16, Sadiel Rojas 14, Jamaal Franklin 12 and Matt Bouldin 11. The Ants outrebounded the Energy 56-39 and forced 14 turnovers, but turned it over 14 times themselves and allowed 51.2 percent shooting (41 of 80) by the Energy. The Ants shot 42.3 percent (44 of 104).

In a fierce seesaw battle, the Ants led 27-24 after a quarter, trailed 72-67 at halftime and led 95-93 going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Iowa finally regained the lead at 105-103 with 7:17 to play, and Ants never led again. They managed to draw even at 117-117, but an Augustus Gilchrist free throw, a Freeman 3-pointer and a Freeman free throw gave the Energy a 122-117 lead with 32 seconds left, and the Ants never got even again.