Austin Spurs hold on for road win


Darrun Hilliard scored 38 points to lead the Austin Spurs to a 101-98 win over the Northern Arizona Suns in Prescott Valley, Ariz. on Tuesday night.

Hilliard ended the game on a personal 6-0 run against the Suns to lift Austin to the win. His final two free throws put the Spurs up by three and Alec Peters missed a game-tying 3-pointer to end the game.

Matt Costello had a double-double for Austin (6-3) as he scored 12 points to go with 12 rebounds. Rookie Jaron Blossomgame led the team with 13 rebounds and added six points.

Nick Johnson was the Spurs’ second leading scorer with 14 points and went 4-for-9 from 3-point range. He added seven rebounds and five assists.

Xavier Silas led the Suns (3-4) with 24 points while Derrick Jones Jr. recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Askia Booker also had a double-double as he scored 11 points to go with 10 assists.

The Spurs outshot the Suns 43 percent to 35 percent though Northern Arizona held a free throw advantage. The Suns were 15-of-21 from the free throw line while the Spurs were just 6-of-9.

Austin took an 81-73 lead into the final period, but the Suns outscored the Spurs 25-20 in the fourth to keep it close.

The Spurs next travel to Salt Lake City to face the Stars on Wednesday at 8 p.m.



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