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Mitchell breaks IU alum scoring record in 3OT win

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Mad Ants improve to 23-21 and into position for playoff berth

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 9:34 am

With veteran Ron Howard out of the lineup with a wrist injury, the Mad Ants needed to find some extra scoring. Tony Mitchell more than picked up the slack.

Mitchell scored an NBA Development League season-high 47 points and hit two huge shots to lead the Ants to a 106-104 triple overtime win over the Austin Toros on Friday at Memorial Coliseum. The win moved Fort Wayne (23-21) into the seventh spot in the race for one of eight playoff berths. The Ants have six games remaining.

Mitchell hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to force the third overtime and hit a jump shot with five seconds left in the third overtime to grab the win.

Mitchell's 47 points broke the Mad Ants record of 44 set by former Indiana University standout Earl Calloway in 2008.

Mitchell hit 16 of 41 shots from the field, including 6 of 15 three-pointers. He also had 12 rebounds and five assists.

Brandon Wallace added 11 points and 11 rebounds, Austin Harris and Terrance Thomas scored 12 points apiece. Tommy Smith pulled down 13 rebounds.

Howard suffered a wrist injury in the Mad Ants' win over Maine on Thursday and was unavailable to play Friday. It's uncertain whether he can return Sunday.

Fort Wayne plays Rio Grande Valley at 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

MAD ANTS 106, AUSTIN 104 (3OT)

Austin 24 23 27 19 4 7 0 – 104

Fort Wayne 26 1928 20 4 7 2 – 106

Austin: Sanders 4-11 2-2 10, Jackson 6-10 1-2 13, Green 12-17 5-7 29, Hudson 7-19 0-0 18, Kelley 5-15 1-4 12, Sullivan 6-13 0-0 12, Ayers 3-7 0-0 8, Jefferson 1-3 0-0 2, Wangmene 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-95 9-15 104.

Fort Wayne: Mitchell 16-41 9-12 47, Smith 3-6 1-6 7, Wallace 3-11 3-5 11, Richardson 4-14 1-2 10, Harris 5-16 2-6 12, Thomas 5-10 1-1 12, Porter 2-4 0-0 4, Rojas 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 39-105 17-32 106.

Three-point goals: A/7-23 (Hudson 4-12, Ayers 2-4, Kelley 1-4, Green 0-1, Sanders 0-2), FW/11-32 (Mitchell 6-15, Wallace 2-7, Thomas 1-2, Rojas 1-3, Richardson 1-4). Rebounds: A/46 (Green 13), FW/62 (Smith 13, Mitchell 12, Wallace 11). Assists: A/19 (Kelley 11), FW/20 (Harris 6, Mitchell 5, Thomas 5). Steals: A/10, FW/11. Blocks: A/3, FW/5. Turnovers: A/17, FW/17. Total fouls: A/29, FW/19. Attendance: 3,547