TULSA’S RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST BAKERSFIELD

TULSA, Okla., March 27, 2012— Dwight Buycks tied his season high with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting and Marcus Lewis notched 19 points and nine rebounds, but the Tulsa 66ers (22-24) fell short to the Bakersfield Jam (26-18) by a 108-102 final score Tuesday evening in their final regular season home contest.

The 66ers, who used a 13-3 run late in the fourth quarter to inch within three points, were also led in scoring by Jerome Dyson with 14.

Tulsa racked up 26 assists on the offensive end, led by a team-high eight helpers from Buycks.

Defensively, the 66ers forced 12 Jam turnovers and blocked six shots, led by two swats each from Nkem Ojougboh and Ryan Reid.

“This team’s focus must be to play defense for all four quarters,” 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. “I thought Bakersfield executed their offense and hit some big shots. We had some guys play well, but we just have to continue working and taking it one game at a time.”

Bakersfield, who shot 37-of-68 (.544) on the night, was led by Trey Johnson with a team-high 20 points and Brian Butch with 19 points and eight boards.

The 66ers return to action this Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, with back-to-back road contests against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Both games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. CT inside State Farm Arena.

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