SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Seven Santa Cruz Warriors scored in double figures tonight to complete a perfect four-game homestand with a 102-67 victory over the Long Island Nets. Long Island’s 67 points were the lowest total the Sea Dubs have allowed since holding the Idaho Stampede to 66 points on Dec. 27, 2014.
Santa Cruz forward George Niang led the team with 18 points (6-7 from the field), seven rebounds and seven assists and guard Damion Lee scored his season-high 14 points to lead the bench brigade.
Nets guard Milton Doyle carried the load offensively for his team, scoring 20 points with a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line, and guard Jeremy Senglin scored 18 points with four threes off the bench.
Making his first career start, rookie guard Avry Holmes collected five early points to help the Warriors take a lead they would never relinquish. The Warriors and Nets opened the game slowly with nine turnovers as the Warriors took a 26-17 first quarter lead, only two points off of each team’s first-quarter season low.
Due to injuries and the GATORADE Call-Up of guard Antonius Cleveland to the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the day, the Warriors only dressed nine players tonight. Following an injury to guard Michael Gbinije, rookie forward Najeal Young stepped up with eight points in the second quarter, including his first career three pointers, as the Warriors held the Nets to a franchise record low 31 points in the first half.
Santa Cruz continued their stifling defense in the second half, holding Long Island to 30.1% shooting for the night and 6-25 from three-point land. Niang enjoyed a perfect third quarter (4-4 FG, 3-3 3P) and forward James Southerland notched 13 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3P) in the fourth to seal the victory.