BayRunners again hit bump in road, 99-92

1-9 away from home, they lose to 5-23 San Diego

February 07, 2000|By Bryan Rodgers | Bryan Rodgers,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SAN DIEGO -- The BayRunners' road woes continued last night as Baltimore dropped a 99-92 decision to the San Diego Stingrays before 5,046 at the Sports Arena.

Kirk King scored 20 points for the Stingrays, who broke an eight-game losing streak. San Diego also got 19 points from Maurice Carter.

Baltimore, which dropped to 1-9 on the road, held a 17-point lead before finishing the first quarter with a 32-17 lead.

"Great first quarter," BayRunners coach Herb Brooks said. "Horrendous second quarter, though. We stopped playing and it was every guy for himself."

Things quickly soured for the BayRunners (9-18) as San Diego (5-23) stormed back with 39 second-quarter points, the most an opponent has scored in a quarter against Baltimore.

"We stopped scoring and they started," said LaMarr Greer, who led the BayRunners with 28 points. "No team is going to let you beat their brains in for four quarters."

The Stingrays buried the BayRunners in the opening minutes of the second half with a 12-1 run to take a 68-49 lead.

"Their bench killed us," Brooks said. "We were outscored 55-21 by the Stingrays' bench."

Early on, it appeared that the BayRunners would run away from the Stingrays, a team that has fallen on hard times.

San Diego had lost 14 of its past 15, hired a new coach (former Washington Bullet Jeff Malone) and had only one player from its opening day roster.

The lone holdover, however, was Carter, and he dominated the BayRunners. Carter hit five of seven shots from the field in the first half and had 14 points to spark San Diego's comeback.

The BayRunners made it interesting in the fourth quarter as they cut a 19-point deficit to five with eight minutes remaining only to go cold for four minutes.

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