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ERIE, PA – The Lakeland Magic (19-13) started Tuesday’s contest on a 26-7 run and never looked back, as they defeated the Erie BayHawks (9-22), 121-99, during the BayHawks annual School Kids Jam game.
Melvin Frazier Jr. defined efficiency for the Magic, as he notched a double-double with 23 points, on a perfect 11-11 shooting from the field, and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Frazier became the third player in G League history to notch a 20pt-10reb game on 100% shooting (min. 10 att.), joining Malcolm Thomas (2012) and Joey Dorsey (2010).
The BayHawks couldn’t find the bottom of the net in the first half, as they tallied a season-low 32 points on 11-40 (.275) shooting from the field. No player for Erie eclipsed double figures in scoring in the first half, as Josh Gray and Vitto Brown both tallied eight first-half points.
Lakeland guard Josh Magette produced another double-double against his former team, as the league-leader in assists (10.1 APG) registered 20 points and a game-high 13 assists in 34 minutes. Magette totaled 14 points and five assists in the first half, leading the Magic to a 65-32 halftime lead.
The final 24 minutes saw a different side from Erie, however, as the BayHawks would score a season-high 67 second-half points. Gray, who finished the night with a near-triple double (19 PTS, 11 AST, 9 REB), recorded 11 points on 5-7 shooting, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals in the second half alone.
Brown made the most of his second-half minutes as well, contributing 11 points on 3-3 shooting (2-2 3FG) and four rebounds during that span. Erie would end up edging the Magic 67-56 in the second half, besting them in field goal percentage (.600-.511), turnovers forced (10-3) and points off turnovers (18-6).
Following today’s contest, the BayHawks have three-days off before a Saturday evening matchup with the Capital City Go-Go. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in the nation’s capital.
The Erie BayHawks, presented by LECOM, are the NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA G League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. The BayHawks, established in 2008, play their home games at Erie Insurance Arena and were one of the first teams in the G League to establish a marquee partnership. The BayHawks marquee partner, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), LECOM School of Dental Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. LECOM physicians serve as the BayHawks medical staff, the team practices at the state-of-the-art LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, and together the BayHawks and LECOM promote education, health and wellness throughout Erie County.