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Bighorns hold on for 94-90 win over Ft. Wayne



reno_bighorns-300x156-3365018-7904006RENO, Nev.— Seven Bighorns registered in double figures Tuesday night, as Reno held off a late Fort Wayne push in the fourth quarter to down the Mad Ants 94-90 in Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Fort Wayne (10-19) connected on two three-point attempts in the final 10 seconds of the game, but Reno (13-17) was able to convert each of its final four free-throw attempts to close out the victory.

Rod Benson led the Bighorns with 18 points and 15 rebounds, also registering three blocked shots. Yaroslav Korolev scored 16 points off the bench for Reno, while Will Blalock recorded three rebounds, three assists, three steals and 12 points.

Ron Howard paced the Mad Ants with a game-high 21 points. Rob Kurz finished his evening with 19 points and 12 boards.

Next-up for the Bighorns is a weekend trip to Springfield, with games on Friday and Saturday. Both games are set for a 4 p.m. PST tip-off in the MassMutual Center.

Reno returns home on Feb. 27 for a weekend series against Tulsa. 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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