Bighorns Fall at the Buzzer in Overtime
RENO, Nev. - The Reno Bighorns (25-20) fell to the Iowa Wolves (20-24) 109-106 Wednesday night at the Reno Events Center in an overtime thriller.
Aaron Harrison led the Bighorns with 31 points and five rebounds while David Stockton scored 23 points and added seven assists. Jack Cooley notched 26 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Elijah Milsap paced the Wolves with 27 points, five rebounds and two assists while Amile Jefferson had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Wolves used the first quarter to find separation from the Bighorns, outscoring the hosts 30-19. Reno found their footing in the second period, opening up the frame on a 20-7 run after 10 points from Harrison in the first four minutes. The first lead change in the game came from a free-throw from Luis Montero to give Reno a one-point edge at the 5:49 mark. The teams would exchange the lead one more time and tie three more before keeping it a one possession game the remainder of the second period. Iowa held a three-point lead heading into the locker room at the half.
The Wolves would open the second half on an 11-4 run, expanding their lead to 10 points by the 8:15 mark in the third quarter. Iowa kept the advantage over Reno remainder of the frame, with the Wolves holding a four-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Iowa continued to control the scoreboard for the first four minutes before Montero made a lay-up spurring a 12-3 run, giving the Bighorns a 100-99 lead with 3:48 to play in regulation. Cooley made a lay-up giving Reno a three-point lead, before Bryson scored a three-point shot to knot the score up at 102 which was followed by another lay-up from Cooley. Bryson stepped to the line after being fouled by Harrison to tie the score at 104. Reno failed to score on their final possession, sending the game into overtime.
The Bighorns jumped out to a 106-104 lead in overtime behind a jumper from Stockton. Cooley would foul Millsap sending Iowa to the line. Millsap scored both free throws, knotting the score up at 106. Stockton failed to capitalize on a three-point shot which was rebounded by Cody Demps. Demps would make a bad pass, shifting control of the ball to Iowa. With .5 on the clock, Millsap made a triple to give the Wolves the advantage. Reno would not score in the final half second of the contest, resulting in a 109-106 Iowa victory.
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