SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Stars shined brightly at halftime before fading in the second half, dropping their inaugural home game, 91-80, to the Northern Arizona Suns.
Salt Lake City led nearly the entire first half, taking a 46-28 lead into the halftime break. The Suns would rally, outscoring Salt Lake City, 53-38, in the second half.
“Our point guards were big, our bench was even bigger,” said Northern Arizona guard Elijah Millsap, who played for the Stars’ parent club, the Utah Jazz, last season. That said, Salt Lake City’s bench out-scored Northern Arizona, 28-23, in the contest.
The Stars were led by Jermaine Taylor, who came off the bench and scored a team-high 20 points. The Stars at 0-3 continue to search for their first win of the 2016-17 season.
Five Suns scored in double figures led by Askia Booker with 21 points. Johnny O’Bryant III added 20, Josh gray had 17 off the bench, and Derrick Jones, Jr. finished with 12 points. Millsap registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.