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Murray’s double double isn’t enough as Santa Cruz defeats the Spurs

The Austin Spurs’ Dejounte Murray posted a double double (31 points, 12 rebounds), but it wasn’t enough as the Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Spurs 111-108 in overtime Sunday at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

Murray, who’s on assignment from San Antonio, made 11 of 23 field goal attempts and was 5 of 8 from the free-throw line in 43 minutes of action.

Bryn Forbes, who is also on assignment from San Antonio, added 30 points and six rebounds.

Murray and Forbes put together a 17-point combined effort to give the Spurs a 1-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Santa Cruz quickly regained the lead in the first three minutes of the second quarter with three straight three-point field goals.

The Warriors (11-9) led by as many as 10 points, but the Spurs fought back and trailed by two at halftime.

Both teams exchanged the lead 11 times along with being tied six times in the second half. In the overtime period, Phil Pressley hit a three to give the Warriors ahead for good. The Spurs had a chance at the buzzer to tie the game, but Forbes’ three fell short.

Pressley led Santa Cruz with 27 points while Dennis Clifford had a double double with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Ex-Baylor standout Cory Jefferson finished with 17 points and five rebounds for the Spurs.

The Austin Spurs hit the road this week and will play the Salt Lake City Stars on Tuesday and the Reno Bighorns on Wednesday. The Spurs will travel to Oklahoma City on Saturday and won’t return home until Jan. 26.

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