GREENSBORO, N.C. — In a matchup that was the tale of two halves, the Greensboro Swarm overcame a 19-point deficit against the Salt Lake City Stars to earn a 104-99 comeback victory in front of a sellout crowd at the Fieldhouse.
After netting only 37 points in the first half, the Swarm entered the break down 37-53 to the Stars. The third quarter however saw Greensboro post one of the team’s best periods of the season, notching 40 points on 57.7 percent shooting from the field. In the first six minutes, the Swarm outscored the Stars 23-10 and cut the visitors’ once substantial lead to just three. The Swarm would grab their first lead of the game on a 25-foot three pointer from guard Mardracus Wade with 8:07 remaining in play. While an alley-oop dunk by the Stars Chane Behanan tied the contest up again at the 2:43 mark in the fourth quarter, Damien Wilkins would respond with a driving bank shot to give the Swarm the lead and Greensboro would never trail again.
The Swarm were led by starting guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who posted 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Cheick Diallo, once again on assignment from the New Orleans Pelicans, recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Damien Wilkins (24 points, nine rebounds, five assists) was crucial after the break, scoring 20 points and grabbing six boards in the second half alone. Guard Cat Barber also added 12 points while forward Shonn Miller notched 10 points coming off the bench.
Salt Lake saw six players score in double figures with Behanan leading the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. Center Henry Sims would post double-double numbers with 16 points and 14 rebounds despite being in foul trouble. Former UNC star guard Marcus Paige added 10 points, a block and a steal.