No stranger to late game heroics this season, Marquis Teague pulled up from 21 feet and nailed a jumper at the buzzer as the Hustle beat the Windy City Bulls 121-120 in double overtime Saturday at Sears Centre Arena. The Hustle trailed by as many as 21 and won its first overtime game in franchise history.
Windy City held a 30-20 lead after the first quarter, but the Hustle were able to stay within striking distance and cut the lead to as little as 62-60 with 9:49 remaining in the third quarter. The Bulls then went on a 19-0 run over the next 3:58 to obtain their largest lead of the night at 21. Memphis chipped away at the lead with a series of quick runs and retook the lead on a Myke Henry three-pointer (103-102) with 5:20 remaining. The Bulls eventually led 113-11 in the final minute before a Myke Henry layup tied it with 24.7 seconds left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Teague wasn’t the only Hustle player to beat the buzzer. Trailing by two (117-115) in the first overtime, Henry banked one in from 10 feet with 0.1 seconds left to force the second extra period. The teams then traded buckets before a Dusty Hannahs foul sent C.J. Fair to the line with 8.9 seconds left. Fair made the first, but missed the second and the Hustle elected not to call timeout before Teague’s game-winner.
The Hustle got the job done on the glass owning significant advantages in total rebounds (52-37), offensive rebounds (18-5) and second chance points (17-7). Memphis completed the majority of its comeback in the fourth quarter where it outscored the Bulls 36-23 and shot 15-of-23 (.652) from the field. Also in the final frame, the Hustle converted four Bulls turnovers into 10 points while Windy City failed to capitalize on three Memphis turnovers.
Teague led the way with a game-high 28 points (13-26 FG) to go with eight assists. Over his last seven games, Teague is averaging 24.4 points and 8.6 assists. Chance Comanche (24 points, nine rebounds) fell just one board shy of his second straight 20-10 game and shot 11-of-14 (.786) from the field. Omari Johnson (18 points, nine rebounds) also fell one rebound shy of a double-double while dishing five assists. Henry (19 points) and Hannahs (15 points) each contributed double digit nights.
All five Bulls starters reached double figures led by Tyler Harris’ 21 points (9-11 FG). Jarrell Eddie (20 points) also reached the 20-point plateau and posted eight assists and six boards. Ryan Arcidiacono (18 points, nine assists) nearly recorded a double-double. Fair and Brandon Wood chipped in 16 points apiece while Mychal Mulder recorded 14 points.
The team returns home on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. to face the Austin Spurs. 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.