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Patterson’s buzzer beater sends NAZ Suns to 9th straight loss

Northern Arizona's Elijah Millsap moves through three defenders as the Suns take on the Reno Bighorns on Nov. 25. Millsap scored 22 points against the Bighorns in Reno on Saturday, Jan. 7, but the Suns lost in overtime, 91-89. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Northern Arizona's Elijah Millsap moves through three defenders as the Suns take on the Reno Bighorns on Nov. 25. Millsap scored 22 points against the Bighorns in Reno on Saturday, Jan. 7, but the Suns lost in overtime, 91-89. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

RENO, Nev. — Elijah Millsap scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws to put the Suns ahead by 1 in overtime with 4 seconds to play, but Reno’s Lamar Patterson hit a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, handing Northern Arizona its ninth straight loss in a 91-89 overtime heartbreaker.

Millsap shot 7 of 21 from the field, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals, but 20 of his 22 points came in the first three quarters for the Suns, which shot just 38 percent from the field (33-86), including a 9 of 34 mark (26%) from beyond the arc.

Patterson scored a game-high 31 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field, including a perfect 9 for 9 from the free-throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists.

Northern Arizona (10-10) is now 2-1 on the season against the Bighorns, with the first two wins coming in Prescott Valley on Nov. 25 (95-85) and Dec. 3 (130-106).

Other standouts for the Suns included Johnny O’Bryant, who just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Askia Booker scored 15 points and had 11 assists.

For Reno (7-13), Isaiah Cousins scored 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, while Skal Labissiere chipped in with 19 points and eight rebounds.

UP NEXT

Northern Arizona returns to Prescott Valley for a two-game home stand beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10, against Oklahoma City. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is the associate sports editor for The Daily Courier, Prescott Valley Tribune and Chino Valley Review. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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