Bighorns Defeat Vipers and Lottery Pick Marcus Morris in D-League Clash

January 9, 2012

Marcus Morris brought his lottery credentials, but Andre Emmett and Blake Ahearn left with the winning ticket.

Emmett, a former 2004 second-round pick, scored 36 points, while Ahearn added 26 points and 12 assists, as the hometown Reno Bighorns (9-9) defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 116-99.

“A lot went right for us tonight,” said Ahearn, the NBA D-League’s leading scorer (25.4 ppg). “When you have a bunch of guys clicking on the same page that know how to play, it’s fun to be out there.”

Emmett shot a red-hot 16-for-23 from the field, and also had nine rebounds and a game-high five steals.

Morris, the fourteenth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft currently on assignment from the Houston Rockets, finished with 24 points and nine boards. Willie Warren, a former second-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers, added 14 points.

Reno will play Wednesday against Iowa. The Vipers (11-8) return to action Thursday against Springfield.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald

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