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Jeremy Senglin hits big three as Long Island defeats Reno out west

Jeremy Senglin, who led the NCAA in three point goals last season, hit a big trey for the Long Island Nets Sunday night vs the Reno Bighorns, putting the Nets ahead with 53 seconds left. The Nets held on, hit four straight foul shots and ultimately beat the BigHorns, 108-102, in Reno.

The 6’2” Senglin, who hit 134 three’s for Weber State, finished with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-12 from downtown. It was his second straight 20-point game on the Nets west coast road trip.

He was one of two Long Islanders with 20 points. Kamari Murphy, the Brooklyn native, had 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.

Six Nets scored in double figures. Tahjeer McCall, a 6’5” shooting guard had 17; Small forward Thomas WImbush had 16. Milton Doyle and J.J. Moore had 11 each.

Long Island, now 4-3, went down by 10 points early, then recovered a bit in the second quarter before taking over in the third, going into the final quarter up by five.

Reno opened the final quarter on a 15-7 run after a triple from Cody Demps to have a one-point advantage with 6:54 remaining in play. The Bighorns would have a four-point advantage over the Nets following a three from Aaron Harrison before Long Island scored four points in a minute behind a layup from Milton Doyle to tie the game at 99 at the 1:18 mark.

Nets’ Senglin and David Stockton, John’s son, would both make triples tying the score one final time with 38 second to play. Long Island kept Reno scoreless the remainder of play while McCall hit on a lay-up and Murphy and Shannon Scott hit two free throws each in the final seconds. Stockton scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Stockton led the Bighorns with 25 points, five rebounds and three assists while Sacramento assignee Georgios Papagiannis recorded his third straight double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Harrison scored 22 points and grabbed four rebounds.

The win was particularly gratifying for Coach Ronald Nored who was without Akil Mitchell, his starting center, and the Nets two two-way contracts: Yakuba Ouattara and Jacob Wiley. Doyle didn’t have a good shooting game as well, missing all six of his three point shots.