Hustle erase 22-point deficit, sweep demanding back-to-back

By Geoff Langham | February 2, 2018

For the second straight night, the Memphis Hustle erased a large early deficit to earn the victory against the Austin Spurs, who entered the night atop the Western Conference standings, 120-115 Thursday at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Hustle swept the back-to-back by defeating teams with a combined 40-26 (.606) record entering each respective game and coming back from a deficit of at least 16 in both outings.

Box Score

The Spurs came out firing in the first half, shooting 57.4 percent through the first two quarters and assisting on 12 of their first 14 made field goals.  After gaining an 11-point lead following the first frame, the Spurs extended the lead to 63-41 with 4:08 remaining in the second period before Memphis responded with a 19-8 run to close the half and stay within range at 71-60. The Hustle continued to chip away at the lead in the third and eventually took its first lead at 90-89 with 31.6 seconds remaining in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Memphis led nearly the entire away until Austin pulled back ahead at 111-110 with 4:17 left in the game. However, a 10-0 Hustle run over the next 3:48 that was spearheaded by a pair of Jeremy Morgan three-pointers sealed the Memphis victory.

Eight Hustle players reached double digits in scoring, led by Trahson Burrell’s 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with nine rebounds and five assists. Chance Comanche had his second straight game with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Over his last four games, Comanche is averaging 19.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Omari Johnson (20 points) shot 7-of-11 (3-6 3P) from the field. Two-way player Kobi Simmons added 13 points for the Hustle while Morgan, Shaquille Thomas and Durand Scott added 11 points apiece. Dusty Hannahs chipped in 10 points while shooting 4-of-5 from the field (2-3 3P).

All Five Spurs starters scored in double figures, led by San Antonio Spurs assignee Derrick White with 28 points. Livio Jean-Charles (20 points, 13 rebounds) recorded a double-double and knocked down 9-of-13 field goal attempts. Nick Johnson added 19 points while Jaron Blossomgame, Olivier Hanlan and Jeff Ledbetter scored 10 points each.

After Austin’s first-half shooting display, the Hustle defense clamped down and forced the Spurs to 18-of-50 (.360) shooting in the second half. Additionally, the Hustle were much more efficient from three-point range, shooting 10-of-20 (.500) while the Spurs shot just 9-of-32 (.281).

The Hustle continue its three-game road trip Saturday night against the Wisconsin Herd at 7 p.m. CT and will return home on Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m. as the team takes on the Agua Caliente Clippers on Faith and Family Night, presented by Belhaven University, 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.