NAZ Suns take Charge, win 2nd straight 106-92
NBA G League
Updated as of Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:44 PM
CANTON, Ohio — The Northern Arizona Suns have won two in a row. That can’t be overstated.
For the first time this season and the first time since Jan. 26 and 27, 2018, Northern Arizona pieced together back-to-back victories on Tuesday, Jan. 15, gliding past the Canton Charge, 106-92, to end its four-game road trip with a 2-2 record.
The Suns improved their record to 5-24, while the Charge dropped to 9-15. On Jan. 12, Northern Arizona snapped a franchise-worst 14-game losing streak with a win at the Maine Red Claws in Portland, Maine.
In an NBA G League contest at a barren-looking Canton Memorial Civic Center, six Suns scored in double figures, paced by swingman Peter Jok’s team-high 23 points on the strength of five 3-pointers. He added six rebounds, two assists and a steal. It was Jok’s sixth 20-plus-point game of the season.
Hollis Thompson followed with 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists. George King found his early-season rhythm, registering 16 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Aaron Epps also stood out, notching his sixth double-double of the campaign with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks. Center Eric Stuteville (10 points, eight rebounds, two assists) and Daxter Miles Jr. (10 points, four rebounds) chipped in for the visitors.
The Suns capitalized on Canton’s poor shooting night. The Charge shot a dismal 33 percent (29 of 89) from the field, although it went 24 of 30 (80 percent) at the free-throw line. Sir’Dominic Pointer scored a game-best 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks.
NAZ outrebounded the Charge, 53-42, and looked strong from the opening tip and led wire-to-wire. The Suns shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half (21 of 42) and 50 percent from 3-point range (7 of 14). They finished 53 percent (42 of 80; 11 of 28 from 3-point range) from the field and 11 of 13 from the line (85 percent).
With Northern Arizona up 51-42 at halftime, the Charge started to cut into the visitors’ lead early in the third quarter. But each time it seemed as though Canton was ready to make a push, the Suns quashed it.
Up 82-69 at end of third quarter, NAZ kept pouring it on, snaring an 89-69 lead with 10 minutes left in regulation. The lead ballooned as big as 24 points, 93-69, with 8:50 left on Jawun Evans’ lay-in – the largest lead in a game for the Suns this season.
The Suns return home to the Findlay Toyota Center, where they’ve played only once in the past month, for a pair of games. They will face the Texas Legends (8-19) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and the Salt Lake City Stars (13-11) at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The Suns are a league-worst 1-10 at home this season.
Versus Texas, Northern Arizona will go with the moniker “Rodeo Clowns,” instead of Suns, in celebration of Western Night.
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