LIVINGSTON — Iowa–Grant senior Isaac Anderson is a scoring machine. He has been his entire four-year varsity career.
Friday night, the multitalented small forward poured in a game-high 29 points to lead the Panthers to a 71–67 victory over visiting Southwestern.
He also surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career with his fifth basket of the night, late in the first half.
The game was stopped briefly and I–G coach Toby Tripalin presented Anderson with a 1,000-point game ball that was signed by all his teammates.
Then it was back to the business at hand. Anderson closed out the half with a three-pointer. He then scored 11 more points in the second half, including a key three-point play and a pair of free throws in the final three minutes to help close out the win. He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
“Isaac is a very versatile scorer and extremely level headed when he plays,” said Tripalin. “He never gets rattled and that allows him to stay focused and in control and not dwell on a missed shot or turnover, he stays focused. His ability to beat you from outside and inside really gives us a valuable weapon and we do a nice job of finding him in his comfort areas. Isaac scored 1,000 points the right way, by being extremely unselfish and put his team first always.”
Southwestern cut the I–G lead to two with about four minutes left, but the Panthers scored on the next possession and it was never closer than four the rest of the way.
Anderson made 2 of 4 from the line and senior Brayden Johnson made a pair of clutch free throws in the final two minutes.
Johnson finished with 15 points, including eight in the final eight minutes, and four assists. Fellow senior Collin Price chipped in 11 points and senior guard Sawyer Stuckey passed out a team-high five assists.
Kyle Tranel scored a team-high 25 points to lead the Wildcats (1–2, 1–1 SWAL) in defeat.
Monday night, Anderson scored 20 point, his fifth straight 20-point game to open the season, in a convincing 59–38 non-conference victory over visiting Platteville (1–4). Anderson is now averaging 24.0 points per game for the 4–1 Panthers.
Johnson scored 10 points in the win, while senior forward Jack Reeves added nine points, all in the second half as Iowa–Grant pulled away.
The Panthers will hit the road for the first time this year Thursday when they travel to Cuba City (3–0, 2–0).
Iowa–Grant 71, Southwestern 67
(from Friday, Dec. 11 @ Livingston)
Southwestern 31 36 — 69
Iowa–Grant 34 37 — 71
Southwestern (1–2, 1–1) — Jochum 5, Vaassen 17, Kyle Tranel 25, Rieken 5, Stangl 2, Kurt Tranel 13. Totals — 23 18-19 67.
Iowa–Grant (3–1, 2–0) — Jack Reeves 8, Brayden Johnson 15, Isaac Anderson 29, Caleb Hill 4, Collin Price 11, Sawyer Stuckey 4. Totals — 27 15-26 71.
3-point goals — S: 3 (Jochum, Kyle Tranel 1, Rieken 1); IG: 2 (Johnson 1, Anderson 1). Team fouls — S: 17, IG: 20. Fouled out — S: Kurt Tranel.
Iowa–Grant 59, Platteville 38
(from Monday, Dec. 14 @ Livingston)
Platteville 19 19 — 38
Iowa–Grant 26 33 — 59
Platteville (1–4) — Mitch Knockel 5, Jason Withrow 7, Braden Nies 11, Cody Schambow 2, Colin Thiele 1, Cole Haas 2, Chase Belmeyer 4, Blake Noel 2, Donovan Blevins 4. Totals — 15 6-18 38.
Iowa–Grant (4–1) — Jack Reeves 9, Brayden Johnson 10, Isaac Anderson 20, Payton Simon 1, Caleb Hill 5, Chad Thomas 4, Brent Coppernoll 2, Sawyer Stuckey 2, Charlie Richards 6. Totals — 24 8-12 38.
3-point goals — P: 2 (Nies 2); IG: 3 (Anderson 1, Richards 2). Team fouls — P: 16, IG: 19. Fouled out — P: Bellmeyer.