Bighorns Comeback Falls Short
OKLAHOMA CITY ---- The Reno Bighorns (16-27) fell to the Oklahoma City Blue (31-15) 123-116 Saturday night at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Sacramento Kings Affiliate Player Isaiah Cousins recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Will Davis logged a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Reggie Hearn added 21 points for the Bighorns. Kendall Marshall had his eight double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 assists.
Josh Huestis paced the Blue with 26 points and nine rebounds while Xavier Henry had 22 points and four rebounds.
The teams kept the score close opening the first frame before the Blue went on a run to hold an 14-point advantage at the midway point, the Blue would hold the advantage over the Bighorns through the entirety of the period. Despite the Bighorns outscoring the Blue 33-26 in the second frame, the Blue went into the locker room with an 11-point cushion. The Blue led by as much as 24 in the second frame.
The Blue held a 19-point lead at the 9:39 mark of the third quarter before Bighorns went on a 23-5 run behind a triple from Hearn and David Stockton to edge the Blue 83-82 with 4:32 to play in the quarter. The second lead change in the game came from a lay-up from Cousins. The Bighorns momentum remained throughout the frame to hold a 93-91 going into the final frame.
The Bighorns went on a 13-7 run opening the final frame to open their lead to as many as eight at the 9:00 mark. With 8:29 remaining in the final frame, Oklahoma City went on a 19-10 run to retake the lead at the 1:24 mark. The Blue kept the Bighorns scoreless the remainder of the quarter defeating the Bighorns 123-116.
Will Davis scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half.
Reno will host the Texas Legends on Monday, Mar. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Reno Events Center.
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