D-Fenders vs. Warriors Postgame Report 12/15/13

Trevor Wong | @DFenders

Manny Harris scored 24 points and Brandon Costner added 15, but the D-Fenders fell short 108-105 to the Warriors on Sunday. Kareem Rush finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

KEY MOMENT
Santa Cruz scored the first 11 points of the game, but the D-Fenders slowly cut away at the defecit, taking their first lead late in the third quarter on a three-pointer from Brandon Costner. The remaining 16-plus minutes of the contest would seesaw back and forth, with neither team holding a lead more than four points. Following Kareem Rush’s game-tying free throws with 51.8 seconds left, Dewayne Dedmon countered with the go-ahead bucket on a jump hook in the lane, and the Warriors would convert on all four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

D-FENDERS STANDOUT PERFORMER
Travis Hyman. In limited minutes because of foul trouble, Hyman grabbed 12 rebounds, with six coming on the offensive end. He also had five points, two steals and one block. Hyman was part of a bench unit in the second quarter that keyed a mini-run to keep the D-Fenders close.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
Seth Curry. The former Duke product scored 29 points and dished out 13 assists, and was key down the stretch for Santa Cruz. He had 11 of the Warriors’ 28 fourth-quarter points, including seven in the final five minutes. In three games against the D-Fenders this season, Curry is averaging 22.7 points and 8.7 assists on 46.3 percent field goals.

UNSUNG HERO
Dewayne Dedmon. The USC product recorded his fifth double-double on the year with 16 points and 18 rebounds. He had 10 and 11 in the second half, respectively, including the go-ahead bucket that turned out to be the game-winner for Santa Cruz.

STAT OF THE GAME
Santa Cruz scored 52 of their 108 points in the paint. Curry and Cameron Jones repeatedly got into the teeth of the defense (19 combined assists) and created for themselves or for their teammates inside or on the perimeter.

PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: Hyman pins a layup attempt from Kevin Kotzur off the glass.