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Ron Howard breaks D-League scoring mark (multiple angles)

Ron Howard became the all-time leading regular-season scorer in the D-League with this jump shot ?? and the foul ?? in the third quarter at Memorial Coliseum against the Springfield Armor. Howard has played for the Mad Ants in each of their seven seasons. This shot put him at 4,254 points, surpassing Renaldo Major (4,252) of the Bakersfield Jam. From March 29, 2014. Howard had 20 points in 114-90 victory. Video and interview by Justin A. Cohn and Chad Ryan, The Journal Gazette AUDIO of interview may not work on some players.

Mad Ants win, Howard gets record

Video: Howard breaks record

It was Ron Howard's night, as he became the all-time leading scorer in D-League regular-season history, but the Mad Ants also got another victory.

They defeated the Springfield Armor 114-90 on Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

The league-best Mad Ants (31-16) have won 7 of 8 and 14 of 17 games.

Howard had 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, along with a team-best eight rebounds. Matt Bouldin had 21 points for Fort Wayne.

Howard's historic points came on a jump shot from just inside the 3-point line with 9:16 remaining in the third quarter. He was face-to-face with Bruce Massey and drew a foul, giving him 4,254 points, two more than Bakersfield's Renaldo Major.

Howard, the former Valparaiso star, and the Mad Ants' lone all-star this season, has played for Fort Wayne in each of its seven seasons. After defeating Springfield 115-104 on Friday, the Mad Ants came into the night with the D-League's best record, something that had never happened for the franchise until this week.

The record-setting shot got Fort Wayne within two at 60-58 – the Mad Ants had trailed by as many as 15 points – and the game was stopped for a couple minutes so Howard could be applauded by the fans, be presented the game ball and get hugs from longtime teammates like Chris Porter and Sadiel Rojas.

Howard came into the game needed 12 points to surpass Major, who is currently inactive for the Jam, but personal accolades were far from the forefront early as the Mad Ants struggled to keep pace with the Armor.

Springfield (20-27) went up 51-36 with 4:56 remaining in the second quarter, thanks to an L.D. Williams 3-pointer.

Fort Wayne rookie Trey McKinney Jones helped keep Fort Wayne in it; he had 13 points and made 5 of 6 shots before halftime, when the Armor led 55-49.

Howard's record shot sparked an 18-4 run that culminated with a pair of Bouldin free throws and a 74-64 lead with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter.

Any time the Armor tried to get back into it after that, the Mad Ants answered. The victory was cemented with 3:21 left in the fourth quarter, when Jamaal Franklin sent a long bounce pass, as he got body checked, to league dunk champion Tony Mitchell for a windmill dunk and a 104-88 lead.