Buckman, Woods help keep Toros win streak alive
AUSTIN, Texas - Brad Buckman scored 20 points and 16 rebounds as the Austin Toros defeated the Arkansas RimRockers 100-87 on Friday night at the Austin Convention Center. Loren Woods played 40 minutes off the bench and scored a career high 17 points and 19 rebounds.
Buckman, who was averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds going into tonight's game, came off the bench and recorded career highs in both points and rebounds.
"I wasn't making a lot of shots so I had to jump start my game with something else," Toros forward Brad Buckman said. "I hadn't been rebounding well at all recently and I had re-evaluate my game and go back to what I do well."
Both Arkansas and Austin struggled to find a rhythm offensively early in the game until Troy Bell's two free throws with 5:42 left in the first quarter broke a 9-9 tie and lead to a 16-6 run by the Toros. Austin ended the first quarter with a 25-15 advantage.
Looking to build on their advantage from the first quarter, the Toros used a strong defensive effort to limit Arkansas to only 23 percent shooting in the second quarter. Woods had nine of his 17 points in the period and helped Austin build a 47-28 lead on a fast break dunk with 27.3 seconds left until halftime. Brad Buckman came off the bench and collected 10 of his 16 rebounds in the quarter and scored six points.
"Loren is a big help for us because he knows his strengths and weaknesses - he put in some great minutes off the bench tonight," Buckman said. "Our team defense has been key the past few games, if we can get together as a team and defend, we can win."
Trailing by 19 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Arkansas opened with a 12-3 run to cut the lead to 79-69 on a jump shot by Matt Haryasz. But the Toros would respond to the Arkansas run and put the game out of reach for the RimRockers. Justin Bowen's reverse lay-up with 2:39 left in the quarter pushed the Toros lead to 96-79 helping secure the home victory.
Arkansas finished the game shooting only 37 percent from the field and had three players score in double figures including Roger Powell (20), Marcus Campbell (11) and Olu Famutimi (10). Clay Tucker, who averages 17.1 points per game, was held scoreless until 7:02 left in the fourth quarter. Tucker finished with seven points in 28 minutes.
The Toros, who have won four in a row and seven of their last ten games, improve to 9-16 for the season. Arkansas drops to 6-17 and has lost 15 games in a row.
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