Bighorns Rally for 98-90 Win Over Bakersfield

For Immediate Release
Dec. 15, 2009

Box Score

RENO, Nev.— Bakersfield held the upper hand for most of the evening, but a furious fourth-quarter rally pushed the Reno Bighorns to a 98-90 victory over the Jam Tuesday night in the Reno Events Center.

Reno (4-3) put together a 14-2 run over the final three minutes of the first half to take a three-point lead into the locker room, only to see Bakersfield (0-8) fire back, taking a three-point lead of its own into the fourth quarter.

The Bighorns trailed 88-81 with less than three minutes to go in the ballgame, but Reno outscored Bakersfield 17-2 the rest of the way to collect its third-straight victory.

Desmon Farmer, the reigning NBA Development League Performer of the Week, turned it on late to lead the Bighorns with a game-high 27 points. Mo Charlo chipped in 19 points and 12 boards, while Rod Benson picked-up another double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

John Williams paced the Jam with 25 points. Tyrelle Blair pulled down 15 rebounds, while Jeremy Wise came off the bench to kick-in 15 points.

The Bighorns now hit the road for a date with Sioux Falls on Friday night. Tip-time is set for 5 p.m. PST from the Sioux Falls Arena. The game can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.RenoBighorns.com.

Reno returns home on Saturday, Dec. 26 to face-off with the Tulsa 66ers. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. 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.

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