Toros drop season’s first home game
The Austin Toros dropped their first home game of the year Friday, when Reno took a onepoint lead with five seconds left after trailing for most of the second half.
Cory Joseph’s potential game-winning jump shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim as Reno held on for a 98-97 victory.
“It was a pretty good look,” Joseph said. “Justin (Dentmon) had it going a little bit today, so it was either Justin coming off the walkaway or me. They read it to him, so I got the ball. It just didn’t go in. It is what it is.”
Reno trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter, but Bighorns went on a 13-2 run to tie the game. Former Kansas Jayhawk Josh Selby had 13 of his 23 points in the quarter, including several critical buckets down the stretch. His two free throws with five seconds to play gave the Bighorns their decisive 98-97 lead.
“We were trying to stay in front and make him shoot over the top and to his fortune, he was able to get to the paint and draw a foul,” Toros coach Taylor Stevens said of Selby. “You’ve got to expect that’s going to come. You can’t let him get that deep and make a play at the rim.”
Dentmon led the Toros with 20 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists. He also turned the ball over five times.
“We had too many turnovers and they made some tough shots,” Dentmon said. “They played good defense, better offense, but it shouldn’t have even got to that point. We should have executed more.”
With the shot clock running down, Dentmon found Tyler Wilkerson rolling inside for the bucket, giving the Toros a 97-96 lead with 10 seconds to go before Selby’s free throws on the subsequent possession.
“I thought they played a little more than we did,” Stevens said. “We had these ebs and flows. We held them to 23 and 13 in the first and third but 31 in the second and fourth. That’s disappointing to me.”
The Toros will take on visiting Sioux Falls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Park Center.