L.J. Peak scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Red Claws, who had six players reach double-digit scoring.
Grand Rapids didn’t fare as well in the scoring department. K.J. McDaniels led the Drive off the bench with 22 points but the starters combined for only 35 points on the night, Landry Nnoko‘s 14 was the high. Grand Rapids shot a season-low 18% from behind the arc.
Tied at the half at 41-41, Grand Rapids scored 29 points in the third quarter and lead 70-65 heading in to the final frame. But, that’s when the Red Claws advantage on the boards (56-43) made its mark on the game. Maine outscore the Drive 32-20 in the fourth quarter.
Newcomer Marcus Thornton finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. McDaniels added nine rebounds while Nnoko grabbed 17 including nine on the offensive end, a team season-high.
The Drive head to Fort Wayne to play the Mad Ants on Saturday for their final game of 2017.