Balanced 66ers Earn 117-115 Victory Over Erie

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 24, 2011— A balanced scoring attack pushed the Tulsa 66ers (25-10) past the Erie BayHawks 117-115 Thursday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Five 66ers scored in double-figures, including a team-high 23 points from guard Jerome Dyson, to remain atop the Western Conference standings.

Also leading the 66ers against the BayHawks (23-10) was Latavious Williams with 22 points, a team-high nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Also scoring in double-figures was Elijah Millsap with 20, Larry Owens with 19 and Robert Vaden with 13.

“A different guy can step up for us every night,” 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “We have a lot of guys that can shoot it and a lot of guys have the ability to score. Tonight was a big game coming off the All-Star break. Our guys came back really energized.”

The game was tied 111-111 when Robert Vaden knocked down a 3-pointer for the 66ers with 9.9 seconds remaining in the contest.

“That was a huge shot by Rob (Vaden) and a really good find by Tweety (Carter),” Tibbetts said. “It was a bucket that we really needed at that time.”

Erie, who entered the game leading the Eastern Conference, was led by Tasmin Mitchell off the bench with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Ivan Johnson posted 30 points and Derek Raivio added a game-high 10 assists for the BayHawks.

The 66ers, who led by as many as 17 in the contest, held Erie to 41-88 (.466) shooting, including 4-17 (.235) from beyond the arc.

As a team, Tulsa recorded 27 assists, led by Tweety Carter with a team-high seven dishes.

Tulsa will return to the court this Saturday, Feb. 26, with a home contest against the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Fans that attend Saturday’s game can take advantage of a ticket special that includes a lower-level seat, hot dog and soda for just $10. Set to perform during the game are the Union Highsteppers and the Creek Nation Stomp Dancers.

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