DBUPatriots.com – Behind a 57-point outburst in the second half, the DBU Men’s Basketball team overcame a three-point deficit at the half to claim a 92-76 win over Texas A&M International on Saturday afternoon in Laredo, Texas. Five Patriots scored in double-figures, led by Amari Bryant‘s 17-point performance off the bench, as DBU (6-5, 1-1) evened their record in Heartland Conference action.
After trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, the Patriots took their first lead of the day when Julian Miranda connected on a three-pointer with 7:16 left until halftime to put DBU ahead by one, 23-22. Texas A&M International (8-5, 2-1) would outscore the Patriots 16-12 over the final seven minutes of the half to take a 38-35 lead into the locker room.
DBU continued to play from behind early in the second half until Jordan Pratt drained a shot from beyond the three-point arc to give the Patriots a 47-44 advantage. Pratt’s trey sparked a 9-0 run for DBU and gave the Patriots a lead that they would never relinquish.
Amari Bryant led the charge for DBU in the second half, as he scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half. Bryant would shoot a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and DBU connected on 23-of-28 free throws over the final 20 minutes to help lead the Patriots to a 16-point win.
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
– The Patriots win over Texas A&M International is their first in Laredo, Texas, since January 4, 2010.
– DBU’s bench accounted for 50 of the Patriots’ 92 points.
– DBU drained 30-of-35 shots from the free throw line.
DBU HEAD COACH BLAKE FLICKNER ON A BIG ROAD WIN
“I’m really proud of how our team responded today. TAMIU is probably the toughest team we’ve faced all year and early on, they were getting the best of us, but our guys responded and didn’t shy away.”
DBU HEAD COACH BLAKE FLICKNER ON THE ROLE THE TEAM’S DEPTH PLAYED TODAY
“Our depth proved key and was the real difference. Myles Johnson did a great job defending their best player and Carter Brown, Amari Bryant, Julian Miranda, and Jordan Pratt all had great games off the bench. Patrick Burke made some really tough plays and took some charges that don’t show up in the box score. Boy Van Vliet had a rough first half, but he bounced back and responded well in the second.”
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
50 – DBU shot 50 percent from the field, connecting on 27-of-54 shots.
39 – The Patriots held TAMIU to 39 percent shooting from the field.
7 – DBU was outrebounded by seven rebounds, 27-20.
DBU travels to San Antonio on Monday to face St. Mary’s. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.