Suns End the Year with a Loss to the Shorthanded Hustle

By Jacob Withee | December 31, 2017

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Danuel House broke a Northern Arizona Suns record in his first game with the team, but it came in a losing effort, as the Suns lost to the Memphis Hustle on New Year’s Eve 120-108.

House tallied 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 4-of-5 from deep, and four rebounds in his first ever quarter with Northern Arizona, breaking the team record for most points scored in a quarter. He surpassed Johnny O’Bryant and Xavier Silas, who each scored 16 points in a quarter last season.

House finished with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 6-of-8 from distance, and eight rebounds in Northern Arizona’s fifth consecutive loss, this one at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The Suns fell to 7-14 on the season, while the Hustle improved to 10-13.

The Hustle had just six players available in this one, learning yesterday that Jordon Crawford and Shaquille Thomas were each suspended for this game for leaving the bench area during an altercation on Thursday against the Reno Bighorns.

All six of the available Hustle players stepped up big, with four of them achieving double-doubles. Dusty Hannahs led all scorers with 33 points on 11-of-18 shooting, 6-of-9 from three-point land, to go with eight rebounds.

Vincent Hunter (29 points on 12-of-21 shooting, 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks), Durand Scott (21 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 14 rebounds), Marquis Teague (13 points, 10 assists) and Chance Comanche (11 points, 14 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles for Memphis.

No NAZ Sun achieved a double-double today, but Silas and Alec Peters joined House in scoring 20+ points. Facing foul trouble all game, Silas had 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 4-of-8 from distance, and five rebounds in 25 minutes. It marked his 10th game of the year scoring 20+ points. Peters tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Thanks largely to House, the Suns jumped out to a 40-26 lead after the opening frame. They made seven three-pointers in the first 12 minutes. The second quarter was not as kind, as the Suns shot 7-of-27 (.259) from the field and 1-of-10 from beyond the arc, getting outscored 36-15. The Hustle outrebounded the Suns 26-9 in the quarter.

A close third quarter yielded a high-scoring fourth frame for Memphis, who shot 12-of-19 (.632) in the final 12 minutes.

The Suns only had 11 turnovers today, but their 42-of-106 (.396) clip was far worse than Memphis’ clip of 49-of-97 (.505). The Hustle also outrebounded the Suns 59-42.

Northern Arizona will travel to Rio Grande Valley to take on the Vipers on Tuesday at 6 p.m. MT. The Hustle will also play on Tuesday, as they host the Bighorns at 6 p.m. MT.

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