66ERS FINISH STRONG TO DOWN VIPERS

TULSA, Okla., March 3, 2012— Lazar Hayward tallied a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds, Delroy James and Marcus Lewis each turned in double-doubles and the Tulsa 66ers (17-22) used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (22-17) at home by a 109-100 final score Saturday night.

With the game tied at 77 after three quarters of play, the 66ers outscored the Vipers by a 32-23 margin in the fourth to pick up the victory.

“I liked our focus and toughness down the stretch,” 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. “We had guys step up and make plays to earn this win.”

Lewis, who currently leads the D-League in double-doubles with 27 this season, posted 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. James added 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second double-double of the year.

Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson and Robert Vaden with 13 each and Brady Morningstar with 11.

The 66ers racked up 23 assists on the offensive end, led by Lewis with nine dishes. Lewis also led Tulsa on the defensive end with four steals and three blocked shots.

“I thought tonight we turned in a total team effort,” Osbourne said. “We really played as a team on both ends of the floor and I’m proud of our effort.”

Leading RGV in scoring was Marshall Brown and Tyren Johnson with 17 each. Johnson also added a team-high seven rebounds and Will Conroy tallied nine assists.

The 66ers return to action next Wednesday, March 7, at home against the Idaho Stampede. The contest inside the Tulsa Convention Center will tip at a special time of 11 a.m. CT.

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