It didn’t take Cory Jefferson long to get acquainted with his new team.
Just four days after returning to the Spurs organization, the former Baylor player scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds, leading the Spurs to a 115-92 win over the Reno Bighorns Tuesday afternoon.
“It feels good just being out there playing he gave with a new group of guys,” Jefferson said. “I like how we look. We’ll get used to how everybody plays and figure out everybody’s thing as the year goes on.”
Dejounte Murray nearly had a triple-double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Cheik Diallo, on assignment from the New Orleans Pelicans, scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and Jared Eddie had 19 points and five rebounds.
Austin out-rebounded Reno 47-39 and held a 58-48 advantage on points in the paint all while shooting 56 percent from the field.
“(Jefferson) gives us a post presence and he can shoot the ball,” Spurs coach Ken McDonald said. “He’s still getting comfortable. He’s just going to get better with time. We want him to bring that veteran presence to our team.”
The Spurs scored the first four points of the game and would never trail. A 9-0 run midway through eh first quarter ballooned the lead to 10 points. Diallo and Jefferson each scored six points in the second quarter and Austin lead by 12 points at the break.
Eddie made back-to-back shots towards the end of the third quarter and finished the period 4-of-4 from the floor with eight points. The Spurs scored the first six points of the final period and held on for their first win of the season.
“It always feels good to have a good game and help your team win,” Eddie said. “Our physicality was different in this game. We god beat up on the glass pretty good in the first game. We played a lot better defensively and we were just a lot more physical.”
Austin has a quick turnaround before hosting the Bighorns once again Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the third of a four-game homestand to start the season. The Spurs welcome the Erie Jayhawks Saturday at 7 p.m. before going on the road for the first time this season.
“We’ve got to back it up and do it again,” McDonald said. “Reno is going to be focused because they don’t want to be 0-3 after Thursday. It will be a good test. Now it’s a matter if we can find some consistency with our effort and focus.”