DEFENSIVE STAND LEADS TULSA TO 100-98 WIN OVER SIOUX FALLS

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 27, 2011—The Tulsa 66ers (27-10) used a 15-2 run to end the game to outlast the Sioux Falls Skyforce (6-28) by a 100-98 final Sunday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers, who held Sioux Falls without a field goal the final 4:53 of the contest, was led by guard Elijah Millsap with a season-high 28 points, including a perfect 12-12 performance from the free-throw line.

“Millsap really had a big night tonight for us,” 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “I thought he did a good job of getting to the rim and taking good shots. He made routine plays all night long. As a team, I thought our guys stayed with it. We struggled some, but we kept competing and gave ourselves a chance.”

The win marked Tulsa’s fourth straight and improved it to 4-0 against Sioux Falls this season.

Helping lead Tulsa to victory was forward Ryan Reid who notched his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. Also scoring in double-figures for the 66ers was Larry Owens and Jerome Dyson with 17 each and Latavious Williams with 15.

Pacing Sioux Falls was forward Patrick Ewing, Jr., with 37 points and 18 rebounds. Also in double-figures for the Skyforce was Raymond Sykes with 16, Keaton Grant with 15 and reserve Sean Marshall with 10.

Tulsa outrebounded the Skyforce by a 45-37 clip and forced 16 turnovers, including eight steals.

The 66ers will return to action when they travel to Erie for back-to-back road games against the BayHawks on March 4-5.

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