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Long Island loses to Austin at Nassau

Mike Lawrence

The Long Island Nets had five players in double figures Tuesday night in Nassau but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Austin Spurs and Austin came away the winner, 113-94.

Milton Doyle led the young Nets with 22 points, followed by Jeremy Senglin with 15, Kamari Murphy with 14, Akil Mitchell with 12 and Tajhere McCall with 11. Isaiah Whitehead, who’s assigned to Long Island, didn’t play, suggesting he may be needed Wednesday night in Brooklyn with Caris LeVert doubtful with a left groin strain.

Doyle, who was with Brooklyn this weekend but didn’t play, shot 8-of-21, including 3-of-11 from deep. He also had four steals, four assists and three rebounds. McCall, Long Island’s small forward, finished with a double-double, grabbing 10 boards.

Jacob Wiley, who along with Doyle has a two-way deal, had eight points and seven rebounds. The Nets have until January 15 to make final decisions on their two-ways. If a team doesn’t waive a two-way by then, they are on the roster for the rest of the season.

Austin jumped out to a 25-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Long Island tried to come back and even went ahead by one twice in the third quarter, but a big fourth doomed the San Antonio affiliate. Austin shot 44 percent for the game. They took ten more shots than Long Island, which connected on 40 percent of their shots.

Darrun Hilliard, the 6’6” Villanova product, led the Spurs with 23 points. Derrick White, a 6’5” point guard who succeeded Spencer Dinwiddie at Colorado had 22 and French big man, Livio Jean-Charles, finished with 16 and 11.

Long Island is now 14-9 and second in the G-League’s Atlantic Division. A little more than 1,400 fans showed up for the game, about a tenth of the Coliseum’s capacity.