Suns Lack Inside Threat, Depth in Loss to Spurs

By Jacob Withee | January 27, 2017

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Northern Arizona Suns had a quick 6-0 lead less than a minute into the game and started 6-for-10 from the field, but they couldn’t sustain their early jump and lost to the Austin Spurs 123-96.

The Suns finished the game shooting 36.1 percent from the field, compared to Austin’s 60.7 percent.

Northern Arizona had a nine-point lead, 19-10, when they started out shooting 60 percent, but a 21-8 run by the Spurs gave Austin the first quarter lead by four. The Suns never got within three points the rest of the game.

The Suns, who had their starting center Johnny O’Bryant called up by the Denver Nuggets this morning, only had 10 players on their roster tonight. They got pounded in the paint 62-30 and finished with less than half of the assists the Spurs dished out, losing that battle 20-9.

Askia Booker led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line, to go with eight rebounds and three assists.

Elijah Millsap also finished above 20 points, tallying 21 points, three rebounds and four assists. Daniel Alexander, who had missed the last five Suns games, had career-highs with 15 points and seven rebounds. Xavier Silas had 14 points.

The Spurs had seven different players score in double figures, with three of those coming off the bench. That included Austin’s leading scorer Charles Garcia, who tallied 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds. He began the game a perfect 10-for-10.

Patricio Garino was the other Spurs player to finish above 20 points, recording 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, three assists and two steals.

Cory Jefferson had the game’s lone double-double with his 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Suns remain on the road and make their first trip of the season to Iowa, as they take on the Energy at 6 p.m. MT on Saturday. Northern Arizona is 2-0 against the Energy so far this season. The Spurs will take their three-game winning streak to the Texas Legends’ house tomorrow, with tip slated for 6:30 p.m. MT.


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