SALT LAKE CITY — The Oklahoma Blue took advantage of a short-handed Salt Lake City Stars team on Saturday night. The Blue outscored the Stars 56-37 in the second half on their way to a 102-73 at Vivint Arena.
The Stars led 21-19 after the first quarter, but the Blue turned up the defensive pressure in the second, holding the Stars to 20 percent (4-of-20) from the field and forcing them into seven turnovers for the period. The Blue led 46-36 at the half.
The Blue continued to pressure the Stars in the second half as they answered every Stars run with immediate runs of their own. Saturday night’s victory marks the Blue’s eight consecutive win over the Stars dating back to the 2019-20 season.
Carsen Edwards led all scoring with 24 points, while Daxter Miles Jr. added 15 points for the Stars. Tarkus Ferguson made his Salt Lake City debut and contributed eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
The Blue finished the night with six players in double-digit scoring, led by Georgios Kalaitzakis who came off the bench with 17 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
Rob Edwards IV added 16 points and Zavier Simpson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue.
The Stars are back in action tomorrow night as they head to Santa Cruz to battle the Warriors on the second game of a back-to-back set. The Stars next home game will March 29 against the Warriors at Bruin Arena Salt Lake Community College
Tickets for the Stars matchup against the Warriors are still available at SLCStars.com or by phone (call or text) at (801) 325- STAR (7827). The game will tip at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+. As always, Stars home games can be heard locally on 97.5/1280 AM The Zone.