GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro Swarm, the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, nearly pulled off a comeback in a high-scoring battle against the Delaware 87ers on Friday night at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The rally came up just short in the final seconds as Delaware escaped with a 124-122 victory.
Delaware (16-32) held a, 93-91, lead entering the fourth 12 minutes. The Swarm (15-31) stayed within two possessions of the 87ers during the quarter until Cole Huff hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 112, with 4:10 left on the clock.
However, Delaware built its lead to back to four points, 123-119, with 21.5 seconds remaining before Cat Barber hit a three pointer to pull Greensboro within a point. The 87ers then hit 1-of-2 free throws, giving the Swarm the chance to tie the game at the buzzer. Unfortunately, Barber’s final shot came up just shy on the front iron, ending the game.
Marcus Paige and Barber both recorded season-high performances of 33 points. Barber went 11-for-24 to go along with seven assists and two rebounds. Paige went 9-for-18, including 6-of-11 on three pointers, along with four rebounds and four steals. Cole Huff posted a double-double off the bench with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mangok Mathiang also had a double-double, scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Delaware was paced by Christian Wood and Demetrius Jackson, who each had 28 points. Shawn Long added 11 points and five rebounds off the bench. The 87ers shot 55 percent in the game and had an impressive 70 points in the paint.