Jeffers' Heroics Push Energy Past Tulsa 107-104
TULSA, OK, Jan. 28, 2010 - Iowa Energy guard Othyus Jeffers scored four points in the final minute of the game to lead the Iowa Energy to a dramatic 107-104 comeback win over the Tulsa 66ers Thursday in Tulsa.
Tulsa jumped out to a 48-43 halftime lead behind 13 points from rookie Latavious Williams and 10 points from Deron Washington. Iowa struggled to find its shooting touch in the first half as the Energy failed to hit a 3-point shot.
The 66ers extended their lead to six points with 4:03 left in the third quarter before Iowa went on a quick 7-0 run fueled by steals by Marvin Phillips and Curtis Stinson. After the two teams swapped leads, the Energy scored the final four points of the quarter to take a three point lead into the final stanza.
A dunk by 2009 NBA D-League MVP Courtney Sims put the Energy up by six with 6:17 remaining in the game, but Tulsa immediately responded as guard Cecil Brown nailed and 3-pointer and was fouled. Brown converted the rare four point play to close the Energy game to two. With 3:32 left in the contest, a pair of Pat Carroll free throws appeared to give the Energy some breathing room, but Brown again responded. The 6'1" guard again nailed a 3-pointer while being fouled and converted his second four point play of the quarter to tighten the Energy lead to two.
After Stinson missed a jump shot with 1:45 remaining, Brown would again strike gold as he nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to give Tulsa a 102-101 lead. After an Energy miss, Brown's hot hand continued as he put Tulsa ahead by three points with only 1:11 left.
The Energy went to Jeffers out of the timeout, and the reigning league Rookie of the Year delivered as he drove past his defender and scored to cut the lead to one. After a Stinson steal and Energy timeout, Jeffers nailed an 18-foot jump shot to give Iowa a one point lead with 0:22 remaining.
Tulsa drew up a play for point guard Mustafa Shakur, but Stinson shut off the driving lane and knocked the ball away from Shakur, who touched the ball before it went out of bounds, giving the Energy the ball with just 2.4 seconds left in the contest. A pair of Pat Carroll free throws iced the game for Iowa, improving their league best record to 21-5.
The Energy outscored Tulsa 35-17 at the free throw line in the game while Tulsa made ten 3-pointers compared to just two for Iowa.
Iowa was led by reserve Mark Tyndale's 20 point, 8 rebound effort. Carroll added 18 points while Jeffers scored 16 for the Energy.
Tulsa was led by William's 18 point, 18 rebound game. Brown added 21 points, including five 3-pointers. The loss drops Tulsa to 12-11 on the year.
The same two teams square off Friday night in Tulsa at 7:30 PM Central. Iowa returns home for a weekend doubleheader on Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th. The game on February 6th features a doubleheader with the Ames High School boys team playing at 5pm and the Energy playing at 7pm. Your ticket gets you in to both games that evening. For tickets, call 564-8500, visit www.iowanba.com or the Wells Fargo Arena box office.
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