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JAM SHOOT PAST 66ERS 120-109
TULSA, Okla., March 25, 2010 – Despite six players scoring in double-figures, including Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Byron Mullens with 11 points and seven rebounds, the Tulsa 66ers fell 120-109 to the Bakersfield Jam Thursday night at the Tulsa Convention Center. The Jam shot 56.3 percent (45-80) from the field for the game, compared to 51.9 percent (40-77) for the 66ers.
The Jam started the game quickly, going on a 9-2 run right after tip off, capped by a Jeremy Wise jumper with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter. Bakersfield built as much as a nine-point edge at 26-17 with 4:35 left, before Marcus Lewis bookended an 8-0 run by the 66ers which cut the lead to 26-25 with two minutes remaining in the period. The Jam took a 34-30 advantage into the break, led by Brian Butch with 14 first-quarter points, as they shot 15-for-21 from the field. The 66ers were led by Deron Washington with six points in the period, as they shot 12-for-18.
With the game tied at 36 with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter, a Reece Gaines lay up sparked a 21-9 run by the Jam that built a 57-45 lead with 4:25 left. The 66ers battled back with a 13-5 run of their own, as Tulsa got to within four at 62-58 with under a minute remaining in the half. The Jam took a 64-58 edge into halftime after shooting 57.1 percent (12-21) in the quarter. The 66ers shot 56.3 percent (9-16) from the field in the period.
The Jam came out of halftime with a 21-8 run in the first seven and a half minutes of the quarter, with Alade Aminu scoring nine points during the run, and built an 87-68 lead with 4:39 on the clock. Mustafa Shakur hit three straight three-pointers for the 66ers, cutting the lead to 87-77 with 2:48 remaining in the period. The Jam went into the final period with a 98-83 lead after outscoring the 66ers 34-25 in the period.
With Bakersfield leading 105-89 and 9:56 remaining in the game, the 66ers battled back to within five after a 13-2 run capped by a DeVon Hardin dunk, and trailed 107-102 with 4:51 left. Butch scored nine points in the final period, including seven points in the final four minutes to secure the win for the Jam.
The 66ers (23-21) six-game home winning streak was snapped, as Shakur finished the game with a team-high 20 points. Larry Owens had 18 points, nine assists and four steals, while Washington added 16 points and three blocks. Latavious Williams and Moses Ehambe scored 12 points each off the bench, while Williams added 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
The Jam (17-29) finished with four players in double-digit scoring, including double-doubles from Butch with game-highs of 33 points and 15 boards and Aminu with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Trey Johnson contributed 24 points, six boards and six assists, while Wise added 10 points.
The Jam, winners of seven of their last eight games travel to Texas to face the Austin Toros on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. The 66ers stay home to take on the Albuquerque Thunderbirds tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Tulsa Convention Center.