Hustle welcome Reno back to Landers Center on First Responder’s Day, presented by EMHC

By Geoff Langham | February 23, 2018

After a nail biter loss to Northern Arizona (120-119) on Wednesday, the Hustle will get right back at it on Saturday at Landers Center against the Reno Bighorns. Reno has won the previous two meetings this season.

The Hustle again proved it is never out of the fight, storming back from a 17-point deficit and putting themselves in position to win Wednesday. Unfortunately, with the game tied at 119-119, a Kobi Simmons foul put Suns guard Archie Goodwin at the line with 1.6 seconds left to win the game for Northern Arizona. Earlier this month, the Hustle completed three straight comeback wins of 16 points or more against teams entering the game above .500.

Saturday’s game is one of two games where fans can take advantage of the ‘Double Dip Deal’. For just $30, fans will receive a Plaza III ticket to the Hustle game at noon along with a Silver level ticket to the RiverKings game that evening at Landers Center. Additionally, fans who purchase tickets here will also receive Hustle sunglasses, a RiverKings hat and a coupon good for free cheese dip at Maria’s Cantina.

For the remainder of the 2017-18 regular season, fans who bring their receipt from any Tanger Outlet store (5205 Airways Blvd, Southaven, MS 38671) to the Landers Center Box Office will receive a free Hustle game ticket with the purchase of another ticket. In return, fans who bring their Hustle game ticket to shopper services at Tanger Outlets will receive a free coupon book, good for great deals. For more details, visit

Additionally, the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Deal is also available. Fans can purchase a Plaza IV ticket, a Coca-Cola fountain drink and a Personal Pan Domino’s Pizza for one low price of $14

Single Game Tickets for Wednesday’s game are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations,, the Landers Center Box Office, online at or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.

Hustle Stats to Watch

– Omari-Three: On Wednesday against Northern Arizona, Omari Johnson set a new Hustle record for three-pointers made, knocking down 8-of-13 attempts. Johnson also tied a career-high with 30 points to lead all scorers.

– Additionally, Johnson is averaging 21.2 points per game over his last five games.

– Swatstin: Forward Austin Nichols has developed into one of the league’s top shot blockers in his rookie season. Recently, Nichols posted multiple blocks in six straight games, averaging 3.17 bpg during that span and marking the longest such stretch for the Hustle this season. Since Jan. 26, Nichols is second in the league in total blocks (24) and fourth in blocks per game (2.40) with a minimum of three games played. Additionally, he has catapulted himself up to sixth in the league in blocks per game this season (1.88).

–  You Reach, I Teach: The Reno Bighorns are among the league’s best at the charity stripe. The team leads the league in percentage (79.5) this season and is second in makes per game (20.5). In two games against Memphis this season, the Bighorns are 39-of-44 (.886).

Familiar Faces

– Bighorns guard Marcus Williams played in 62 games (one start) with the Grizzlies during the 2009-10 season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

–  Kings two-way player Jack Cooley spent two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League Team (2014 and 2015) and averaged 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game over six games in his first seaso

–  Bighorns guard Aaron Harrison is the twin brother of Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison.

– Hustle assistant coach Sean Dockery and Bighorns guard Matt Jones both played at Duke University.

– Bighorns two-way player JaKarr Sampson spent time last season with the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ previous NBA G League affiliate and was coached by Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien and assistant coach of player development Bryston Williams.