ORLANDO, FL – The Santa Cruz Warriors (7-3) beat the Memphis Hustle (3-7) Thursday afternoon on ESPN2, 116-111. Golden State Warriors assignment guard Jordan Poole scored a dunk with 1:30 remaining to gain a three-point advantage and the Warriors held on for their sixth-straight win.
Memphis took their first lead of the game shortly after halftime, 65-62, and quickly found a nine-point lead, their largest of the game. The Warriors trailed until midway through the fourth when Warriors guard Dusty Hannahs connected on a three-pointer to regain the lead for the Warriors, 97-94. Both teams went back and forth the final four minutes before Poole’s dunk.
Santa Cruz led by as many as 25 points in the first half before the Hustle used a 22-5 run in the final five minutes of the second quarter to only trail by one point at halftime, 61-60. The Warriors had 22 assists in the first half on 24-48 FG (.500 FG).
Golden State two-way guard Nico Mannion recorded his second double-double of the season and tallied a season-high assists (12 points and 12 assists). Hannahs finished with 21 points (5-8 3FG) and five assists. Golden State assignment forward Alen Smailagic added five points and five rebounds. Santa Cruz had a season-high 33 assists and season-low 11 turnovers in Thursday’s win.
Memphis guard David Stockton scored a season-high 33 points (25 points in the first half) and five assists. Guard Ahmad Caver came off the bench and added 25 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Santa Cruz will next face the Long Island Nets on February 27 at 12:30 p.m. (PST) on NBC Sports Bay Area. For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors, visit santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.