Benson's Double-Double Leads Reno to Win

By  | 

AUSTIN, Texas — Playing against his former team, Rod Benson’s 26-point, 14-rebound double-double lifted the Reno Bighorns to a 109-97 victory over the Austin Toros Tuesday night in the Cedar Park Center.

Benson, who played 13 games for the Toros in the 2006-07 season, finished 11-of-15 from the floor on his way to 26 points. He matched a season-best effort with 14 boards, while adding three steals, two blocks and an assist.

The two teams finished the first period of play knotted at 24, but Reno (11-14) would explode in the second quarter to take a 13-point lead into intermission. Austin (15-10) would fire back in the third quarter to carve the Bighorns lead down to just a point through three quarters, but Reno would outscore the Toros 35-24 in the final frame to pick up the victory.

In addition to Benson’s effort, Reno’s Desmon Farmer collected 23 points and eight rebounds on the evening. Will Blalock kicked-in 18 points and six assists.

Austin was led by 29 points from Malik Hairston. Dwayne Jones scored 13 points and pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds.

The Bighorns and Toros will hook-up again on Wednesday night in the Cedar Park Center. Tip-time is set for 5:30 p.m. PST, and the action can be seen live on NBA Futurecast by visiting

The Bighorns return to downtown Reno on February 9 and 10. Tickets are on-sale now at, the Reno Events Center Box Office, Silver Legacy Box Office, or by visiting any Northern Nevada Ticketmaster location or Web site.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus