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Major Improvement As Wizards Edge Flash to End Slide

Dakota 101, Utah 98

OREM, Utah, Dec. 12, 2008 - Renaldo Major scored 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 16 seconds left, as the Dakota Wizards hung on for a 101-98 victory over the Utah Flash on Friday night.

Neither team led by more than three points over the final 7 1/2 minutes. A three-point play by Celtics assignee Bill Walker gave Utah a 98-97 lead with 23 seconds remaining, but Major answered with a pair from the line.

Utah's Dontell Jefferson missed a jumper and Dakota's Maurice Baker sank two free throws with 1.5 seconds left. Jefferson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“Every time we’ve played the Flash, the games have come down to the wire.” Wizards coach Duane Ticknor said. “We’ve been in every game, and to get one to get over the hump tonight was big for us.”

The Flash trailed by seven points early in the final period but used a 7-0 spurt to tie it, 82-82, on two free throws by J.R. Giddens - another Celtics assignee - with 7:40 to go.

Will Frisby scored 18 points and Baker added 15, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Wizards, who shot 49 perceny (38-of-78) from the field but wasted a 16-point lead. Nevertheless, Dakota snapped a three-game slide.

Walker scored 25 points, Jefferson added 23 and Andre Ingram 20 for the Flash, who shot 51 percent (36-of-71) but lost for the fourth time in five games.