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Bighorns fall to Austin, 115-103



reno_bighorns-300x156-8497954-2297945AUSTIN, Texas— All five Reno starters registered in double figures Wednesday night, but a strong fourth-quarter push for Austin lifted the Toros to a 115-103 victory over the Bighorns in the Cedar Park Center.

Reno (11-15) led by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter, but the Toros (16-10) used a 14-0 run to tie the score with just less than seven minutes remaining. Austin took the lead with 4:25 left to play and never looked back, forcing a series split.

Will Blalock recorded 19 points with nine boards and six assists for Reno. Mo Charlo was 6-of-9 from the floor en route to 17 points for the Bighorns.

Malik Hairston paced the Toros with 23 points. Justin Bowen notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards. Six Toros finished in double figures in scoring.

The Bighorns will complete their tour of the Longhorn State on Saturday night when they face-off with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Tip-time is set for 5:30 p.m. PST in Dodge Arena, and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.RenoBighorns.com.

The Bighorns return to downtown Reno on February 9 and 10. 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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