The Memphis Hustle overcame a slow start to earn the first win in franchise history, 102-99, Sunday against the Salt Lake City Stars in another nail biter at Landers Center.
After a fast start the previous night, Memphis fell behind 25-12 with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter but would chip away at the lead to pull within one by halftime and would eventually lead by as many as nine. The game was tied at 81-81 with 9:32 remaining when the Hustle went on an 8-0 run over the next 4:32 and would not trail the rest of the game.
The Hustle secured the win despite being outshot significantly from behind the three-point line. Salt Lake City knocked down 13-of-30 (.433) while Memphis managed to shoot just 5-of-27 (.185). The Hustle made up for that difference on the boards (55-40), including a 20-9 advantage on the offensive glass.
Three Hustle players recorded double-doubles, including Ivan Rabb (16 points, 12 rebounds) for the second consecutive game. Vince Hunter (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Trahson Burrell (20 points, 14 rebounds) recorded the other two. Rabb and Hunter each had three blocks. In addition, six Hustle players reach double figure scoring, including Marquis Teague (16 points), Kobi Simmons (13 points) and Omari Johnson (12 points).
Eric Griffin had a big night for Salt Lake City, recording 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting (2-of-3 3P) to go with seven rebounds and three blocks. Nate Wolters posted 16 points along with eight assists and six rebounds. Naz Mitrou-Long (14 points), Brannen Greene (13 points) and Dakarai Allen(12 points) also scored in double digits.
The Hustle return to action with its third straight home game on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. against the defending Western Conference champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Tickets are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com,