BAKERSFIELD, Calif., February 6, 2010 – Despite nearly getting a triple-double from Mustafa Shakur with 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, the Tulsa 66ers came up short to the Bakersfield Jam 112-111 in overtime at the Jam Events Center in Bakersfield Saturday. Larry Owens scored a game-high 26 points for the 66ers.
The Jam marched out on an 8-2 run to start the game, following a Brian Butch three-pointer with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter. Tulsa countered with a 7-0 run of their own, capped by an Owens dunk to give them a 9-8 lead one minute later. The Jam utilized nine first quarter points from Keith Brumbaugh, and 52.6 percent (10-19) shooting in the period to get ahead by as much as six, but carried a 27-25 advantage into the break. The 66ers were led by Owens with nine points in the quarter, and shot 11-for-28 from the field.
After leading briefly in the second quarter, Tulsa retook the lead with 3:17 left in the first half after a Latavious Williams lay-in put them up 46-45. Two straight Jam turnovers with under a minute remaining in the quarter gave the 66ers the chance to extend their lead to 54-49 going into halftime after lay-ups by Deron Washington and Shakur. Williams scored nine second quarter points as the 66ers shot 57.9 percent (11-19) in the period. The Jam shot 9-of-18 from the field in the second quarter, but turned the ball over six times.
Ahead by six early in the third quarter, the 66ers exploded with a 14-2 run to go up by 18 points at 71-53, capped by a Cecil Brown floater in the lane with 6:11 remaining in the period. The Jam would not go away quietly however, chipping away at the lead the rest of the quarter and getting to within five, after outscoring the 66ers 23-6. Tulsa took an 81-76 advantage into the final quarter. Bakersfield’s Will Daniels paced the comeback with 13 points, as the Jam shot 50 percent (10-20) in the period, while the 66ers shot 9-for-21.
A Williams lay-up capped a 6-0 run by the 66ers, putting them in front 95-87 with 5:47 remaining in regulation. But Jeremy Wise scored five points during a 7-0 run by the Jam to get within one at 95-94 with 4:39 on the clock. A steal each by Shakur and Marcus Lewis in the final three minutes of regulation led to lay-ups that put the 66ers ahead 101-97 with 1:40 remaining. Another Wise bucket and a lay-in for John Edwards put the game into overtime for the Jam, tied at 101. Wise scored 13 fourth quarter points, as the Jam shot 8-for-13 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line in the period. The 66ers shot 52.6 percent (10-19) in the period, but missed their only free throw attempt.
Overtime saw seven lead changes and two ties, as Reece Gaines scored on a three-point play, and hit the free throw to give the Jam a 112-110 advantage with 6.6 seconds remaining in the game.
Tulsa committed just 12 turnovers in the game, while forcing 22 by the Jam.
Led by Owens and Shakur, the 66ers (14-14) had four players score in double-figures. Brown finished with 18 points, nine assists and five rebounds, while Williams added 19 points and seven boards.
The Jam (8-21) finished with six players in double-figures, led by Wise with 26 points on 10-for-10 shooting and seven assists. Edwards had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards, while Daniels added 19 points and six rebounds off the bench. Brumbaugh contributed 16 points and seven rebounds, Butch added 11 points, and Blake Ahearn had 10 points.
The 66ers continue their longest road trip of the season with two games against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Feb. 8 and 10 prior to the All-Star break. Both games tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed live online for free at tulsa66ers.com.