Temps help in Toros’ vic­tory

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By travis Atkins amer­i­can-states­man cor­re­spon­dent

CEDAR PARK — Aided by two mem­bers of the San An­to­nio Spurs, the Austin Toros jumped out to an early lead and never lost it Sun­day as they rolled over the Idaho Stam­pede 97-82 for their sec­ond straight vic­tory.

Nando De Colo was as­signed to the Toros (2-2) by the Spurs on Sun­day and played 38 min­utes in the game. He fin­ished with 14 points. Cory Joseph, also sent to Austin by San An­to­nio, chipped in with 15 points, 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists.

“Yes­ter­day they told me to come down here just to play, take some shots and find some wis­dom,” De Colo said. “It’s OK. We have two days off, so it’s just to play a lit­tle bit.”

De Colo said the Spurs told him he will re­join the team at prac­tice Mon­day.

Idaho (0-4) trailed by 15 in the first half but cut the mar­gin to 50-46 at half­time. Austin then came out and dom­i­nated the third quar­ter to keep a com­fort­able mar­gin.

“I thought Rick Jack­son played really well tonight,” coach Tay­lor Stevens said. “His im­pact around the rim and in the paint was big. He’s really coming along, and bigs that get dou­ble-dou­bles in this league really stand out.”

Jack­son shot a per­fect 9 for 9 from the field and fin­ished with 18 points and 11 re­bounds. He was able to find space in­side all game and had sev­eral dunks.

“I think we did a good job as far as pick and roll and get­ting to the bas­ket,” Jack­son said. “I was able to get into the lane and get my layups, and once we started help­ing each other, good things hap­pened.”

The Stam­pede cut the lead to eight with three min­utes left in the fourth quar­ter. The Toros then came out of a timeout with Joseph find­ing Jack­son in­side for a dunk, and they ex­tended the lead from there.

Idaho’s Sean Evans led all scor­ers with 26 points to go with nine re­bounds.

The Toros and Stam­pede will play twice more in Boise, Idaho, on Fri­day and Satur­day.

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