Originally Published: December 5, 2018 12:19 a.m.
Suns commit 9 of 19 turnovers in fourth quarter; have lost 7 of 8 games
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Peter Jok scored 25 points on four 3-pointers and a 7 for 8 mark from the free-throw line, Daxter Miles chipped in with 21 points off the bench, but the Northern Arizona Suns committed nine of their 19 turnovers in the fourth quarter, suffering a 113-105 loss to the Austin Spurs on Tuesday night.
It is the seventh loss in the last eight games for the Suns (3-11), which are now dead last in the Western Conference and only two games better than the NBA G League-worst Wisconsin Herd (1-11) in the standings.
Jok hit 7 of 10 shots from the field, including a perfect 4 for 4 from beyond the arc. It is his fourth 20-plus point game of the season.
The Suns shot just 38.4 percent (33-86) from the field and were outscored 60-26 in the paint by the Spurs (7-5), the league’s defending champ.
Northern Arizona found themselves trailing by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, but made it a game late, cutting Austin’s lead to two after a pair of Derek Cooke Jr. free throws, making it a 100-98 game with 2:28 left.
But a De-Juan Blair layup, a turnover by LaQuinton Ross and a pair of missed Jawun Evans free throws put the Spurs back in control and the Suns never recovered.
Evans scored 16 points, but shot just 6 of 18 from the field and had five turnovers. Cooke and Ross each had 12 points off the bench for the Suns.
Ben Moore led all scorers with 31 points on 9 for 12 shooting from the field, and hit 13 of 14 from the charity stripe, while grabbing 14 rebounds for a double-double.
Nick Johnson had 17 and Blair added 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench. All five Austin starters were in double figures scoring.
Northern Arizona travels east to play the same Spurs club Thursday, Dec. 6, in Austin. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.