BayRunners roll to first road victory

Elliott sparks 99-76 win over Shooting Stars

January 23, 2000|By Anthony Coleman | Anthony Coleman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TRENTON. N.J. -- Herb Brown is hoping the adage holds true that once you know how, you never forget.

On his eighth try, the Baltimore BayRunners coach guided his team to its first road victory of the season. The BayRunners defeated the Trenton Shooting Stars, 99-76, before 2,142 at the Sovereign Bank Arena yesterday.

Rodney Elliott led the way for the BayRunners (8-15) with 19 points. Brent Dabbs had 15 and LaMarr Greer scored nine in his first game back in Trenton since the trade for Lloyd Daniels.

Ray Tutt led the Stars (11-13) with 19 points. Ryan Lorthridge added 16.

"I hope this will get the monkey off our backs and start something," Brown said. "We will be going on the road at the beginning of March for seven straight. Hopefully, the new players will adjust by the time the road trip comes."

Trenton shot 7-for-23 from the field in the opening quarter to fall behind 30-14.

The 14 points tied the team's season low, which came in a 42-point loss to the BayRunners two weeks ago.

The BayRunners, conversely, made 12 of their first 15 shots. The 14-5 rebounding edge the BayRunners held over the Stars in the first period, plus the 13-2 scoring run in which Trenton was held scoreless for 4: 26, helped build the lead.

The Stars got back into it with defense. A 15-4 run, done mostly from the foul line, allowed the Stars to cut their deficit to 40-31 with 4: 06 left in the second quarter.

The BayRunners led by nine at the half and took a 71-60 lead into the fourth quarter. They scored the first six points of the last period, and Trenton never recovered.

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