Mar 15, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; St. Bonaventure Bonnies forward Andrew Nicholson (44) answers questions from the media before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
Led by first round pick Andrew Nicholson's 24 points and 12 rebounds, the Orlando Magic took down the Brooklyn Nets 92-88. Orlando's starting lineup of Nicholson, fellow rookie Kyle O'Quinn, last year's rookies, Justin Harper and DeAndre Liggins and undrafted rookie Maalik Wayns.
The Magic got the ball down low to Nicholson and O'Quinn early and the duo helped the Magic build a 27-10 first quarter lead. The Nets clawed their way back into the game against Orlando's second unit, evening the score with less than a minute left in the game. That's when Orlando went back to Nicholson, who spun, put in a hook shot and was fouled. He hit the free throw to give Orlando a three-point lead with just 29.7 seconds left.
After the game, Nicholson said the hook was his "go-to" shot.
Nicholson was eight-of-16 from the field and added two blocks. O'Quinn finished with 16 points and four rebounds.
Mark Price, who is Orlando's head coach for the week, praised the defense of Liggins, who help hold second year swingman MarShon Brooks to just three points on 0-of-10 shooting.
Harper, who is transitioning from power forward to small forward, added 15 points on six-of-nine shooting.
Veteran forward (and Florida State alumni) Al Thornton led the Nets with 18 points while rookie Tyshawn Taylor poured in 17.
The Magic will play the Detroit Pistons at 3:00 pm Tuesday afternoon.