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66ERS FORCE GAME 3 WITH 117-106 ROAD WIN OVER ENERGY
DES MOINES, IA, April 18, 2010 – Wink Adams led seven players in double-figures scoring with a team-high 24 points and six assists, as the Tulsa 66ers defeated the Iowa Energy 117-106 in Game 2 of their best-of-three Semi-Finals series at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. The victory extends the series to a deciding Game 3 on Tuesday in Des Moines at 7 p.m.
Tulsa broke out early with a 12-3 run, capped by an Adams jumper with 5:24 left in the first quarter. Two free throws by Darian Townes capped a 6-0 run for the Energy, as they got to within 12-9 with 2:47 remaining. Deron Washington scored seven points in the period, as the 66ers shot 8-for-22 and took a 20-18 lead into the break. The Energy shot 6-for-22 from the field, as Townes scored six points in the quarter.
The Energy started the second quarter outscoring the 66ers 17-5, taking a 35-25 edge with 7:03 remaining in the first half after a Pat Carroll three-pointer. Iowa then utilized six Tulsa turnovers in the quarter to extend their lead to 15 at 51-36 after two Brian Evans free throws with 1:14 left. The Energy took a 53-40 lead into halftime after shooting 13-for-30 from the field, led by Curtis Stinson and Carroll with nine points each in the quarter. Latavious Williams led the 66ers with six points and four rebounds in the period, as they shot 9-for-22 from the field.
Tulsa outscored Iowa 21-10 to start the third quarter, and battled back to within 63-61 following a Cecil Brown three-pointer with 5:46 remaining. The Energy used an 8-0 run to build their lead back to 71-61 with 5:06 on the clock, but the 66ers continued to battle back and eventually retook the lead at 79-78 after another Brown three-pointer and Williams dunk with 1:03 left. Tulsa shot 70 percent (14-20), outscored the Energy 43-27 and out rebounded Iowa 14-6 in the quarter to take an 83-80 lead into the final quarter. Brown and Washington led the 66ers with 11 points apiece in the period. Mark Tyndale scored 10 points for the Energy in the third quarter, as they shot 9-for-25 from the field.
A Larry Owens three-point play capped a 6-1 run to start the fourth quarter for the 66ers, as they built an 89-81 lead with 10:55 left in the game. The Energy got back to within four at 89-85, but a JaJuan Smith three-pointer and Moses Ehambe three-point play rebuilt an eight-point lead for Tulsa at 95-87 with 7:16 left. Both teams traded baskets throughout the rest of the fourth quarter, until Ehambe hit a three with 1:13 remaining to give the 66ers a 110-99 lead, and free throws down the stretch sealed the victory.
The 66ers shot 48.8 percent (42-86) from the field for the game, while holding the Energy to 36.5 percent (35-96). Tulsa out rebounded Iowa 50-46, and overcame an Energy advantage at the free throw line, as Iowa made 31-38 while the 66ers made 19-of-23.
Washington had 20 points and eight rebounds for the 66ers, while Owens finished with 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Ehambe added 16 points off the bench. Brown contributed 11 points and eight boards, as Marcus Lewis had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Williams put up 10 points and nine boards off the bench.
The Energy were led by Stinson with 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Tyndale came off the bench for 22 points and seven boards, while Denham Brown added 16 points and seven rebounds. Carroll added 14 points for Iowa.