SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Jabari Brown poured in 40 points to lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to a 138-126 win over the Northern Arizona Suns in a high-scoring Sunday evening game.
Santa Cruz led wire-to-wire in this one, leading by double-digits most of the game.
Brown led all scorers with 40 points on 14-of-26 shooting, including 7-of-15 from distance, seven assists and four rebounds.
The best shooting team in the NBA G League in Santa Cruz shot off the charts again, finishing 52-of-94 (.564) from the field, 17-of-36 (.472) from beyond the arc and 15-of-17 (.882) from the free throw line. Northern Arizona shot 48-of-100 (.480) from the field, 8-of-33 (.242) from distance and 22-of-27 (.815) from the charity stripe.
Mike Young recorded 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. It marked his second 30-plus game of his career. NAZ fell to 21-26, while Santa Cruz improve to 23-24.
Young already had enjoyed a career game earlier this year by scoring 41 points off the bench. Getting the start tonight, he did everything he could to keep the Northern Arizona Suns in the game.
Young scored 8-plus points in every quarter to pace the Suns, including a 10-point frame in the first quarter to keep the team within striking distance, who had fallen behind 24-5 after tip-off. Northern Arizona was able to close the gap within 12 points by the end of the first quarter.
Josh Gray notched 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting, eight assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Archie Goodwin had another efficient game with 24 points on 11-of-20 shooting and six rebounds. Starting tonight was Danuel House with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Peter Jok led the bench with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Recording double-doubles for Santa Cruz were Jeremy Pargo and Trevor Thompson. Pargo notched 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 12 assists and six rebounds. Thompson finished with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Off the bench were Avery Holmes (20 points on 7-of-14 shooting) and Kevin Young (nine points and 13 rebounds).