Bighorns cruise to 106-77 victory over Springfield

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With a playoff berth still in the crosshairs, Reno turned-in a dominant defensive effort Sunday night to roll to a 106-77 victory over the Springfield Armor in the Reno Events Center.

After leading by five points at the break, the Bighorns (19-19) limited Springfield (6-31) to just 28 second-half points to cruise to the win. Reno held a 43-38 advantage on the boards, and converted 24 Armor turnovers into 23 points.

Desmon Farmer led all scorers with 24 points for the Bighorns, helped by five three-pointers. Rod Benson finished with 17 points and nine boards, while Doug Thomas turned in a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.

Marcus Campbell paced four Springfield starters in double figures with 10 points. Campbell and Dante Milligan each collected a team-high eight rebounds.

Reno now hits the road for a date with Bakersfield on Tuesday before returning to the Biggest Little City in the World for four-straight. Tuesday’s game is set for a 7 p.m. start in the Jam Events Center, and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.RenoBighorns.com .

The Bighorns return home for a weekend series against the Utah Flash with significant playoff implications on March 12 and 13 in the Reno Events Center. Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises.  For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor.  A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs.  The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.  Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.

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