Bighorns Lose Offensive Duel To Vipers

For Immediate Release

January 20, 2011

RENO, NEV. Blake Ahearn was on the verge of a historic night from the free-throw line until the Reno Bighorns succumbed to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and their high powered offense, 112-129. Andre Emmett scored a game high 32 points and six rebounds while Mo Charlo added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Coming into the match with the Vipers, Ahearn had made 83 consecutive free-throws, an NBA D-League record, and had his eye set on the NBA record of 97. He went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, making 93 consecutive free-throws and falling four free-throws short of the record.

The D-League leading offense of the Vipers was in full force Friday night, converting on 59.3 percent of shot attempts from the field, including 57.1 percent on three-pointers.

Ahearn scored 20 points for the Bighorns and Terrance Thomas had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Fans can watch Ahearn go for the consecutive free-throw record on Saturday night at the Reno Events Center against the Vipers.

Reno Bighorns season and group ticket packages are on sale today. Groups can experience one of the many Fan Experience Packages, including playing a game on the Bighorns court or performing a routine at halftime of a game. For more information call (775)853-8220 or visit