BOISE, Idaho— Desmon Farmer scored 25 points and Mo Charlo chipped in 22 for the Bighorns Saturday night, but the effort fell short as the Idaho Stampede ran away with a 137-115 victory over Reno in the season opener for both teams at Qwest Arena.
The Bighorns (0-1) and Stampede (1-0) traded the lead several times in the early-going before Idaho finally pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Reno 36-21 in the final frame.
Idaho scored 45 of its points from beyond the arc, shooting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from three-point range. The Stampede connected on 68.6 percent of its free-throw attempts and shot 56.3 percent from the field.
In addition to the offensive efforts of Farmer and Charlo, Marcus Hubbard netted 20 points for the Bighorns. Brian Laing came off the bench to score 16 points and grab a game-high-tying eight rebounds.
The Bighorns and Stampede will hook-up again on Monday night from Qwest Arena. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. PST and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting www.nba.com/dleague.
Reno’s home opener is set for Dec. 5, when the Bighorns take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the Reno Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., with a magnet schedule giveaway among the highlights of the evening. Tickets are on-sale now at www.RenoBighorns.com, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.