Bighorns Fall to Stampede, 123-104

For Immediate Release
Nov. 30, 2009

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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

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, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.

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