Sioux Falls 100, Arkansas 93
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Dec. 15 -- Andre Brown exploded for 34 points and 17 rebounds as the Skyforce completed their home sweep of Arkansas with a 100-93 win Friday at the Sioux Falls Arena.
"We just tried to pound it inside to Andre," Sioux Falls Skyforce assistant coach Nate Tibbetts said. "It wasn't always pretty, but it worked so we'll take it."
The Skyforce forward was the difference maker yet again. Arkansas (6-4) tied the game at 83 with five minutes left before the Skyforce went on a 16-8 run, including 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
"Brown got to the foul line and that was the difference for us," Tibbetts said. "To me he's the best big guy in this league. He's shown it the last two games and he'll continue to show it until he's called up."
Brown hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final five minutes to help the Skyforce pull away. However, the game looked to be a repeat of Thursday night�s contest. Sioux Falls (5-4) was up by as many as 17 in the second quarter. Arkansas found an inside game in the quarter as they scored 16 points in the paint and eight second-chance points. Guard Clay Tucker led the RimRockers with 19 points to help close the gap to 50-42 at halftime.
The third quarter saw streaks from both teams. Sioux Falls extended their lead with a 9-0 run to start the quarter. Arkansas battle back with a 9-0 run of their own behind consecutive buckets from center Brian Jackson. Sioux Falls Skyforce head coach Mo McHone had enough as he argued a call and got an early trip to the locker room as he was ejected. The ejection sparked the Skyforce on a 7-0 run behind guard Vincent Grier to end the third up 76-67.
"In pro basketball you're not going to be able to beat a team bad the whole game," McHone said. "Especially with a team as talented as that team."
Arkansas entered Sioux Falls with a five-game win streak but now leave the losers of two straight. They host Los Angeles next Friday.
"We should get some motivation from this," Arkansas RimRockers head coach Andy Stoglin said. "We have got to be ready to play every night. If you lose the fear of losing then you will probably lose."
The Skyforce travels to Austin Sunday.