The Texas Legends (1-2) grabbed their first win of the tenth anniversary season on the road against the Northern Arizona Suns (0-2) 117-113.
The Suns got off to a hot start in the first quarter, taking a double-digit lead just over seven minutes into the game. Texas responded with a 13-2 run and the back-and-forth ensued until a buzzer-beating bank shot from Aric Holman tied it up going into the second. The home team opened the second with three triples, but Texas stayed within reach. After eight more lead changes in the quarter, the Legends went into the break up 56-54.
The two exchanged leads four times early in the third before an Antonius Cleveland putback put Texas on top for the edge they would hold through the final buzzer. Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 19 of his 31 points in the second half while Dakota Mathias added 16. With 4:38 to play, Mathias knocked down his fifth three of the night to put Texas up 12, but Northern Arizona responded with 11 unanswered to bring the game within reach in the final minute. Mathias and Isaiah Roby went 4-for-4 from the free throw to seal the Legends’ first victory of the season.
Rathan-Mayes led all scorers with 31 points while also dishing out a team-high 7 assists. Mathias finished up with 26 points, 5 rebounds while Roby grabbed a double-double for Texas of 11 points, 11 rebounds along with 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block. Nate Mason rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11 points off the bench shooting 3-of-5 from outside.
Six players finished in double-digits for the Suns, led by Jared Harper with 27. Tariq Owens had a game-high 15 rebounds for a double-double with 14 points and 3 blocks. ShawnDre Jones added 12 points and 8 assists.
Texas finished the night with 12 turnovers while forcing 19 on Northern Arizona. The Legends left a few on the free throw line (hitting 10 of 19) but controlled the boards 51-49.
Texas will head to Iowa next to take on the Wolves Saturday at 7pm CT. Fans can catch all the action live at www.TexLegends.com.