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Besiktas See Off NN Resistance

17 January 2012
EUROCHALLENGE

Pops Mensah-Bonsu had a double-double and unbeaten Besiktas Milangaz brushed aside another opponent in the EuroChallenge with a 75-64 victory at BC Nizhny Novgorod.

The Turkish outfit improved to 2-0 in Last 16 Group K on Tuesday with Mensah-Bonsu scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Carlos Arroyo added 14 points for Besiktas while Zoran Erceg and recent signing Adam Morrison poured in 11 apiece.

Can Akin also contributed 10 points and came up big when Besiktas took the lead for good late in the second quarter.

The game was knotted at 24-24 in the second quarter when Akin buried a jumper for Besiktas, a basket that triggered an 8-0 run.

BC NN closed the gap to four with a jump shot from Michal Ignerski and a hook from Valentin Iurchik, only for Mensah-Bonsu to sink two free-throws and then Arroyo to bury a three-pointer with four seconds to go in the first half.

Besiktas went to the break on top, 37-28.

The hosts shot 65.2% (15 of 23) in the first half.

Nizhny Novgorod pulled to within 37-32 a minute into the third quarter on a drive by Ivan Paunic.

But David Hawkins split a pair of free-throws and Akin knocked down a three-ball to stop the BC NN comeback cold in its tracks.

Besiktas kept the pressure on and went in front by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter.

Mensah-Bonsu, who took a backseat to teammate and fellow big man Ersin Dagli in a home triumph over BK Pardubice last week, scored 10 of his points in the first half on Tuesday.

BC NN are now 0-2 in the Last 16.

Artem Yakovenko and Ernest Bremer had 14 points each in defeat.

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