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Reno cruises to 113-101 victory over Tulsa



reno_bighorns-300x156-5101017-7901115Richie Frahm hit six of his seven tries from beyond the arc Sunday afternoon, helping lift the Reno Bighorns to a 113-101 win over the Tulsa 66ers in the Reno Events Center.

Frahm, who was acquired by Reno on Saturday, recorded a game-high-tying 23 points off the bench for the Bighorns. He finished 8-of-9 from the field, also chipping in three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Reno sprinted out of the gates and never turned back, building a 13-point lead after one quarter of play before heading to halftime with a 21-point advantage. In a game that Tulsa never led, Reno’s biggest lead of the day was 32 points.

In addition to Frahm’s sharp-shooting off the bench, Rod Benson collected yet another double-double for the Bighorns with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Will Blalock recorded 13 points and nine assists, and Desmon Farmer chipped in 21 points and five assists.

Mustafa Shakur led the way for Tulsa with 23 points, helped by four three-pointers. Latavious Williams was dominant on the glass for the 66ers, finishing his day with 19 rebounds. Deron Washington scored 19 points, while Larry Owens fell just two rebounds and one assist shy of a triple-double.

Reno now heads off for date with Utah on Friday night. Tip-time is set for 6 p.m. PST in the McKay Events Center, and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by logging-on to www.RenoBighorns.com.

With a playoff berth on the line, the Bighorns return home on Sunday, March 7 to face-off with Springfield. 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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