GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guard Marcus Paige had a career-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting, including a stellar 8-for-9 on 3-pointers, to propel the Greensboro Swarm (5-9) to a 132-126 victory over the visiting Reno Bighorns (4-8) at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Friday night. Paige was one of seven Swarm players to score in double figures.
Greensboro shot a season-best 54 percent from the field for a season-high 132 points. The Swarm’s previous highs were 123 points in the season opener vs. Canton (11/4) and 50 percent from the field against Northern Arizona (11/30).
Other Swarm double-digit scorers were Charles Cooke (22 points), Luke Petrasek (14), Cole Huff (14), Jalen Jones (12), Terry Henderson (10), and L.G. Gill (10). Guard Julyan Stone, who was assigned to the Swarm earlier in the day from the Charlotte Hornets, added five points but accounted for 14 assists, the most by a Greensboro player this season.
Reno had three players with 20-plus points, led by forward Skal Labissiere’s 27 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Guard Aaron Harrison had 25 points and four steals off the bench while guard Brandon Austin added 21 points and four rebounds.
The Swarm trailed, 31-25, after the first quarter but the offense erupted for 42 points in the second frame. Paige was 4-for-4 in the quarter, all three pointers. Greensboro held a 102-84 lead entering the fourth quarter before the Bighorns made a late push with 42 points in the final 12 minutes. Labissiere had 14 points while guard Malachi Richardson had 10 of his 16 points in the quarter.