Toros drop sea­son’s first home game

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - From staff re­ports

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.

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