SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Reno Bighorns 121-101 at Kaiser Permanente Arena Tuesday evening in a game where Santa Cruz set a team record for field goal shooting percentage.
Santa Cruz held the lead for the entire contest, taking a 20-point advantage with 52.9 seconds left in the first quarter.
A 9-1 run from the Bighorns brought Reno within nine late in the third quarter, but the Warriors outscored the Bighorns 33-24 in the final frame.
Seth Curry, who scored a game-high 23 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists, led the Warriors.
It was the first-year point guards second double-double of the season.
Hilton Armstrong and William Buford each scored 21 points, while Kevin Kotzur scored 13 and grabbed a game-high nine boards.
Three other Warriors scored in double figures – Daniel Nwaelele (15), Cameron Jones (12) and Mychel Thompson (11).
Reno was paced by Ray McCallum, currently on assignment from the Sacramento Kings, who scored 22 points and had five assists. DeQuan Jones scored 18, while Brandon Heath chipped in with 17 points off the bench.
Santa Cruz shot a team record 58.2 percent from the floor, breaking the previous record of 56.7 percent set in last year’s Jan. 1 contest against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Santa Cruz made 42.9 percent of its shots from three and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
The Warriors doubled up Reno in assists (30-15) and bested the Bighorns in blocks (7-3).
Reno held the edge in rebounds (42-38), while both teams turned the ball over 15 times.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will be back at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. against their rivals the Bakersfield Jam.
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