Tulsa Comes Up Short in Overtime

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CANTON, Ohio, December 11, 2013 The Tulsa 66ers came up short in overtime, falling to the Canton Charge, 94-91, on Wednesday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Grant Jerrett led the 66ers with 27 points and eight rebounds while Mario Little had 13 points and five assists. Rodney Bartholomew added 11 points and eight boards off the bench.

Tulsa (1-7) trailed 17-12 midway through the opening quarter before closing the frame on a 15-5 run to lead by five after the first. The Charge (6-1) responded with a run of their own, outscoring Tulsa 17-7 in the final seven minutes of the first half to take a 47-46 lead into the break.

The two teams continued to go back and forth in a game that was tied on 14 occasions and featured 11 lead changes. Canton eventually took an 81-76 lead early in the fourth quarter before the 66ers defense buckled down and helped create a 12-3 Tulsa run to take an 88-86 lead with 1:53 remaining. During the run, the 66ers prevented the Charge from making a shot from the field for over seven consecutive minutes.

Canton tied the game at 88 after scoring on two-straight possessions to give Tulsa the ball with just over a minute to play. Although Tulsa was unable to take the lead, the 66ers held onto the possession for the remainder of regulation, securing three offensive boards in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

The Charge struck first 11 seconds into the three-minute overtime period with a quick dunk by Arinze Onuaku. Bartholomew brought the 66ers within one on a made free throw with 1:41 remaining, but Canton was able to hold off Tulsa at its own foul stripe, making four foul shots in the final 30 seconds of overtime.

Canton, who featured three assignment players from the Cleveland Cavaliers, was led by Kevin Jones with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Tulsa continues its three-game roadtrip with a pair of games in South Dakota against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday and Saturday nights. Both games are set to tip at 7 p.m. CT.