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BLUECOATS STUMBLE 142-133 TO LONG ISLAND FRIDAY NIGHT

March 23, 2019

TEAM DRAINS 20 THREES IN PENULTIMATE GAME OF SEASON

WILMINGTON – MARCH 22, 2019 – The Delaware Blue Coats (20-29), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Long Island Nets (33-16), 142-133, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Seven Blue Coats scored in double figures as the team connected on 20 or more three-point field goals for the fifth time this season.

Rashad Vaughn posted a game-high 27 points (10-16 fg, 6-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) with four rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench for the Blue Coats. 76ers two-way contract player Shake Milton recorded 26 points (10-19 fg, 3-9 3fg, 3-4 ft), one rebound and four assists in 32 minutes, while Jared Brownridge added 20 points (7-13 fg, 4-9 3fg, 2-2 ft) in 26 minutes as a reserve.

Delaware Bluecoats Guard RASHAD VAUGHN (21) drives to the basket as Long Island Nets Guard KAMARI MURPHY (22) defends Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

76ers assignment player Zhaire Smith scored a season-high 19 points (7-16 fg, 3-8 3fg, 2-2 ft) to go along with three rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes for the Blue Coats. Jonah Bolden, also on assignment from the 76ers, neared a double-double with nine points (3-11 fg, 1-3 3fg, 2-3 ft) and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes in his seventh NBA G League game of the season.

Delaware Bluecoats Guard ZHAIRE SMITH (8) “on NBA Assignment from 76ers” drives to the basket as  Long Island Nets Forward KAMARI MURPHY (21) defends Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Blue Coats, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, took a 70-68 lead into the halftime break. Vaughn scored 20 of his 27 points, including a last-second layup to give the home team its first lead, in the second quarter.

Brooklyn Nets assignment player Dzanan Musa paced Long Island with 26 points (11-21 fg, 3-7 3fg, 1-3 ft), six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. Brooklyn two-way contract player Alan Williams notched his 30th double-double of the season with 25 points (10-16 fg, 1-3 3fg, 4-5 ft) and 15 rebounds in 32 minutes, while fellow two-way contract player Theo Pinson neared a triple-double with 20 points (6-14 fg, 2-6 3fg, 6-9 ft), nine rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes. Mitch Creek totaled 22 points (8-15 fg, 2-4 3fg, 4-8 ft), five rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes.

Long Island Nets Guard MITCHELL CREEK (55) drives to the hoop Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Blue Coats close out the season on Saturday night at 76ers Fieldhouse when the team hosts the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 p.m