Davis Shoots 14ers Past Tulsa
DENVER - February 11, 2009 - Josh Davis poured in a season-high 38 points to lead the Colorado 14ers to a 138-128 win over the Tulsa 66ers at the Broomfield Event Center Wednesday night. Davis went 14-20 from the field to lead Colorado's 57% shooting effort in the win. The 14ers have now won six out of seven to improve 19-8 on the season, tying the Austin Toros atop the Southwest Division.
In a game that featured 186 field goal attempts and 13 players scoring in double figures, Davis stood out among the many strong offensive performances. The D-League All-Star took over the second half, connecting on 10-13 shots and pumping in 25 of his 38 points after the break.
"He got open shots because he moved without the ball and ran the court," said 14ers head coach Bob MacKinnon. "He's so easy to coach because everything that you try to do he soaks in like a sponge. It's a joy to watch a guy go out and do what you ask him to do."
Colorado scored 69 points in each half, and finished with six players in double figures. In addition to Davis' big night, Dominique Coleman posted the 14ers first triple-double of the season with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 13 assists. Trey Gilder also added 26 off the bench in the win.
Tulsa shot 56% from the field but couldn't get over the hump in the second half on the road. The 66ers pulled within 92-90 on a Gary Ervin layup with 1:30 to go in the third quarter, but never got any closer the rest of the way. Tulsa was led by the backcourt duo of Jeremy Kelly and Derrick Dial who put up 23 points apiece. Gary Forbes added 22, and Moses Ehambe knocked down 5-8 3-pointers for 17 points off the bench in the loss.
Both teams now head into the All-Star break before returning to action next week. Colorado will host Iowa on Tuesday night, while Tulsa will be off until Friday, February 20th when they host Albuquerque.
For more information on the 14ers schedule and team, log on to www.14ershoops.com. Tickets for all 14ers home games at the Broomfield Event Center are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, 303-830-TIXS, and at www.ticketmaster.com.
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About the Broomfield Event Center: Located on the south side of U.S. Highway 36, between 112th and 120th Streets, the Broomfield Event Center is a state of the art 180,000 square foot multi-purpose event center with 6,000 seats, including 25 suites, 900 club seats, a sit-down restaurant, two themed bars and a separate basketball practice facility. The Broomfield Event Center is set to host concerts, trade shows, rodeos and sporting events. It is the home of the Rocky Mountain Rage Professional Hockey Club (Central Hockey League) and the Colorado 14ers Professional Basketball Club (NBA Development League, Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets affiliate team).
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