The Memphis Hustle lost its first home game in two weeks, 126-122, against the Santa Cruz Warriors, Saturday at Landers Center. The Warriors took the regular season series with the Hustle 2-1. Both teams turned the ball over 11 times, but only Santa Cruz was able to take advantage, outscoring the Hustle 19-6 in points off turnovers.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that featured 15 lead changes and nine ties. Eventually, the Warriors wrestled away control of the game and pushed the lead to 21 (94-73) with 1:29 remaining in the third frame before Memphis closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to cut the Santa Cruz lead to 14. No stranger to large deficits, the Hustle started the fourth quarter on a 26-12 spurt to tie the game at 108-108 just over halfway through the period. Memphis would tie the game twice more but would never retake the lead.
Damion Lee and two-way player Chris Boucher led the Warriors attack with 25 points apiece. Boucher (8-12 FG, 3-5 3P) also posted 12 rebounds, marking his fourth double-double in his last six games with Santa Cruz. Lee also had a productive night outside of the points column, contributing eight rebounds and seven assists. Jeremy Pargo (19 points) dished a game-high 11 assists and has notched 10-or-more assists in four of his six games since joining the Warriors. Portland two-way player C.J. Wilcox (17 points), Michael Gbinije (13 points) and Avry Holmes (11 points) also reached double figures.
Marquis Teague (30 points) had his second 30-point outing of the season on 11-of-15 shooting (4-5 3P) while dishing out six assists. Austin Nichols chipped in with 18 points and six rebounds. Two-way player Myke Henry (6-10 FG, 3-6 3P) scored all 16 of his points in the first half. Omari Johnson scored 14 points while Jeremy Morgan contributed 12 points and a team-high tying six assists. J.J. Frazier (11 points) posted his third straight game in double figures.
The Hustle return to action on Wednesday, March 14 against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7 p.m. at Landers Center. Tickets are still available and start for as low as $10. Fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-Hoop.