66ers Come Up Short in Austin

Box Score

AUSTIN, Texas, December 29, 2013 - The Tulsa 66ers came up short on the road to the Austin Toros, 96-93, on Sunday despite an 18-point comeback effort.

Grant Jerrett led the 66ers with 23 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Mario Little scored 20 points, collecting 20 or more points for the fourth time in the past five games.

Ben Uzoh added 13 points and nine boards while Maurice Sutton scored nine points off the bench.

The 66ers trailed by 18 early in the contest, falling behind 28-10 late in the first quarter. Tulsa sparked a 20-6 run to make it 34-30 midway through the second before heading to halftime down 45-38.

Tulsa shot 9-for-18 from the field in the third quarter to outscore the Toros 29-21 take a 67-66 lead on a Reggie Williams free throw with 3.9 seconds on the clock to cap a 9-4 run.

After six lead changes and two ties in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, the 66ers took an 82-77 lead on a 6-0 run. The Toros immediately responded with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 84 with 4:36 remaining. Austin used five consecutive points from San Antonio Spurs assignee Nando De Colo to lead 91-86 just under the two minute mark.

Uzoh brought the game within three on a driving layup before Luke Zeller made it a four-point game by making one of two foul shots.

With 24 seconds to go, Jerrett sunk a three-pointer to put Tulsa within one. After a pair of made free throws from Ronald Murray, Isaiah Wilkerson drove in an open layup with 10.7 seconds remaining. Eric Dawson made another pair of Austin foul shots on the other end to go up three. The 66ers set up a deep three from Wilkerson on their final possession, but the shot bounced off the front rim as the buzzer sounded.

Tulsa (2-12) forced 19 Austin turnovers and outrebounded the Toros 37-33, limiting Austin to eight offensive boards. The 66ers have held their opponents to just 8.3 offensive rebounds in their past four games.

Austin (6-6) was led by Murray with 30 points with Dawson adding 23 points and eight boards.

Tulsa returns home for a few days of practice before traveling to Portland, Maine, to face the Maine Red Claws on Thursday night in the 66ersí first of seven games in a 10-day stretch.