Gatens hits 3-pointer in his Phoenix Suns debut

BY DI STAFF | JULY 16, 2012 6:30 AM

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Former Iowa basketball star Matt Gatens is held dear in Hawkeye fans' hearts, especially after his explosive performance toward the end of his senior season.

Gatens scored 30 points against No. 20 Indiana and 33 points against No. 15 Wisconsin and helped bring Iowa to the National Invitation Tournament, its first postseason appearance in six years.

And Gatens continues to succeed.

The former Hawkeye scored 3 points in the Phoenix Suns' summer league opener in Las Vegas on Sunday.

He did that in just 2:51 of playing time.

Gatens went 1-of-2 from the floor, but connected on one crucial 3-pointer to give him his first post-Iowa points. The ex-Hawkeye also grabbed 1 rebound.

The Suns defeated the Knicks, 99-74. Phoenix will return to summer league action at 7:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday.

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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