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Toros lose first game of double-header

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Cedar Park, TX – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated the Austin Toros for the fourth consecutive time this season. The Toros allowed 59 second half points in the 109-92 loss.

Austin is 2-8 in their last 10 games and they sit five games behind the eight seed in the D-League.

The Toros built a 13-point lead lead in the first half, with Flip Murray and Courtney Fells’ accounting for 24 of their 52 points. They held a 52-50 lead at halftime.

Things fell apart in the third quarter. Rio Grande Valley scored 31 points in the frame on 48 percent shooting. The Vipers led 81-71 heading into the fourth quarter.

Fells led a 12-2 scoring run to start the fourth, reducing the Vipers lead to two with eight minutes left. Rio Grande Valley responded with a 24-9 run, scoring 10 of their points at the foul line.

Five Toros scored in double figures. Fells led the Toros in scoring and rebounds with 23 and 11, respectively. Murray scored 22 on 10-23 shooting. Josh Howard scored 13, while Dexter Pittman, two rebounds shy of a double-double, and Charlie Westbrook each scored 10 points. Myck Kabongo finished with eight points and four assists.

The Toros and Vipers complete the home-and-away double-header this tonight at 7PM.

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