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BOISE, Idaho— Rod Benson recorded the first Reno double-double of the season on Monday night, but the Bighorns squandered an early lead and fell 123-104 to the Idaho Stampede at Qwest Arena.
Reno (0-2) jumped out to a nine-point lead after one quarter of play, but from there the Stampede (2-0) took over. Idaho outscored the Bighorns by 14 in the second quarter and by 15 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead.
Benson scored a team-high 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Reno. The California product shot 11-of-17 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. He kicked in three assists, three steals and three blocks.
All five Bighorns starters finished in double figures, including a 21-point effort by Russell Robinson.
Idaho’s Anthony Tolliver led all scorers with 30 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bighorns will now hit the final leg of their season-opening three-game road trip when they visit the Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. PST and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.nba.com/dleague.
Reno’s home opener is set for Dec. 5, when the Bighorns take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Reno Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., with a magnet schedule giveaway among the highlights of the evening. Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.