The Serbian champs played sterling defense and outrebounded their opponents for just their second win against Fenerbahce in nine tries.
Lorenzo Brown paced the Zvezda attack with 13 points and 6 assists, James Gist posted 11 points and 8 rebounds - including 8 on the offensive end, and Stratos Perperoglou also scored 11 for the victors.
Zvezda fans had reasons to cheer early as Branko Lazic opened the scoring with a three-pointer and Gist scored twice on the offensive glass. Fenerbahce kept it close and took its first lead, , on a pull-up three by Muhammed.
A triple by De Colo ensured the visitors held a edge after 10 minutes.
Dejan Davidovac connected on Zvezda's second three of the night 4 minutes into the second quarter to prompt a Fenerbahce timeout at Two minutes later, Mouhammad Faye drained a three that made it and resulted in another Fenerbahce stoppage.
De Colo stepped up for the visitors with all the points in a charge to close the gap, but Lorenzo Brown's three-point play helped Zvezda keep a halftime advantage.
Vesely's first score of the season got Fenerbahce back within 1 early in the second half, but Zvezda kept its composure and a step-back three and a layup, both by Perperoglou, had the hosts cruising at midway through the third quarter.
Though the Fenerbahce guards kept their team alive, Michael Ojo free throws lifted Zvezda to through three quarters. After carrying the scoring burden for much of the game, De Colo turned provider by setting up Vesely for an Alley-oop lam and Muhammed for a triple to bring the visitors within with 5 minutes to play.
Faye answered with a three-pointer before Ognjen Dobric stormed in for a steal and slam that got the arena rocking again. Gist split free throws with less than 2 minutes remaining to give Zvezda its first double-digit lead, , and a Lorenzo Brown triple in the final minute put the game on ice.
Game-changing play Fenerbahce fought its way from 9 down to with Nando De Colo feeding Jan Vesely for an alley-oop slam and Ali Muhammed knocking down a three-pointer. Zvezda called a timeout to regroup and on the ensuing play, Mouhammad Faye answered from downtown.
Stark Arena erupted with the boisterous reactions and Zvezda went on a march that wrapped up the victory. Zvezda teamwork The key to Zvezda's victory was teamwork.
All 12 Zvezda players played at least 8 minutes and 11 played at least a quarter of the game. Ten different players scored, 10 took rebounds and 10 committed fouls. Eight players committed turnovers and seven dished assists. MVP struggles Jan Vesely played his first game of the season, but he was unable to match his normal lofty standards.
The reigning EuroLeague MVP did not score at all in the first half and did not take his first rebound until the fourth quarter.
He finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds in 25 minutes. Perhaps alarming for Fenerbahce fans is that after making a career-best Fenerbahce lows Fenerbahce slumped to its lowest scoring output in a road game in over three years.
The last time it was held to fewer points was in March when it edged Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar Fenerbahce made only 10 of 29 two-point shots in the game, which was the lowest percentage The team's performance index rating of 46 was the third-lowest for the team of the Obradovic era.