BOISE, Idaho, March 19, 2010
– New NBA D-League career-highs for Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Byron Mullens and forward Latavious Williams proved to be not enough, as the Tulsa 66ers fell in a 124-113 shootout to the Idaho Stampede on Friday night in Boise. Mullens finished with a game-high 26 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while Williams had 25 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for the 66ers.
The Stampede raced out to a 12-6 lead to start the game, following two turnovers by the 66ers, capped by a Donell Taylor three-pointer with 8:52 left in the first quarter. Tulsa roared back with a 12-6 run of their own to tie the game at 18 with 6:25 left, following threes by Moses Ehambe and Mullens, along with a Williams lay up. Three consecutive made three-pointers by the Stampede pushed their lead to 35-28 with 2:08 remaining, but a Williams three-pointer, the first of his career and a Deron Washington jumper cut the lead to 35-33 going into the break. Taylor and Williams each scored 11 first quarter points for their respective teams, as the Stampede shot 12-for-20 (60 percent) from the field and the 66ers made 13-of-25 (52 percent).
After a Mullens dunk tied the game at 35 with just under 11 minutes remaining in the half, the Stampede went on a 9-0 run, as Yemi Ogunoye buried a three-pointer to give Idaho a 44-35 lead with 8:58 left. The Stampede built a 13-point edge midway through the second quarter, but a Williams long jumper capped a 6-0 run for the 66ers that cut the Idaho lead to 57-50 with 3:10 remaining in the first half. The Stampede answered with an 8-0 run of their own, giving them a 65-50 lead with 1:20 on the clock, and led 67-56 at the half. Coby Karl scored eight points, as the Stampede shot 53.8 percent (14-26) from the field, while the 66ers shot 42.1 percent (8-19) in the quarter.
Down by 14 with 11:13 remaining in the third quarter, a lay up by newcomer Wink Adams sparked an 18-5 run by the 66ers, bringing them to within 77-74 with 4:56 left in the period. Ehambe scored on a reverse lay up with 42 seconds remaining and a Williams put back gave the 66ers an 86-83 lead going into the final quarter, as Tulsa outscored Idaho 30-16 in the third period. The 66ers shot 15-for-25 (60 percent) while the Stampede made 5-of-22 field goals (22.7 percent) in the third quarter.
The 66ers built a 100-94 edge with 7:46 left in the game following an Adams jumper, but the Stampede went on a 14-3 run to grab a 114-103 advantage, following a Lance Allred lay up with 2:26 remaining. Idaho outscored Tulsa 41-27 in the final quarter, as Andre Barrett and Taylor scored 10 points apiece for the Stampede. Washington scored 10 points in the quarter for the 66ers, as both teams shot over 60 percent from the field in the period.
The 66ers shot 47-of-86 (54.7 percent) from the field for the game, while the Stampede shot 47-of-92 (51.1 percent). Tulsa outscored Idaho in the paint 58-48 in the back-and-forth affair that saw seven lead changes and five ties throughout.
Led by Mullens and Williams, the 66ers (23-19) finished with six players in double-digit scoring. Washington had 21 points and seven assists, while Larry Owens added 14 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Ehambe and Marcus Lewis combined for 21 points and seven boards off the bench.
The Stampede (21-22) also finished with six players in double-figures, led by Taylor with a team-high 25 points. Barrett had a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists, while Joe Dabbert had a double-double as well with 21 points and 10 boards. Karl added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Ogunoye contributed 15 points. Allred added 12 points and seven rebounds for Idaho.
Both teams match up in the second game of the back-to-back set, and last regular season game between these two squads, tomorrow night at 8 p.m. CST in Boise.