Basketball Wins Season Opener Over ACU

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On Opening Night for Dallas Baptist Basketball (1-0) in 2012, the Patriots rode outstanding shooting from the free throw line and a solid effort from the field to hold off the visiting Abilene Christian Wildcats (0-1), 79-72. Nick Fox led the way for DBU with 30 points, including an outstanding 15 for 15 effort from the charity stripe. Wesley Gipson and Charles Allen were also in double-digits for DBU with 11 and 10, respectively, as the Patriots shot 50% from the field (22-44) and 96.3% from the free throw line (26-27) to hold off a charge from ACU to midway through the second half. The Patriots also received 29 points from their bench in the contest while ACU totaled only 14.

ACU took a nine-point advantage four minutes into the game but DBU roared back to tie the game with twelve minutes left to play in the half. They took the lead for good with ten minutes before the intermission and built that lead all the way out to 15 at the break. A Charles Allen jumper opened the second half to push the lead to 17, however, ACU would score the next eight points in the game to cut the lead to nine four minutes into the closing period. The DBU lead would dwindle all the way down to two with a minute and a half to play, but the Patriots used a pressing defense and held ACU to just 41% percent shooting for the game and forced 12 ACU turnovers to never allow the game to get any closer.

After holding a 72-70 advantage, DBU scored the next five points on a Fox layup with a foul and then two free throws from Gipson. The teams would trade points in the final minute and DBU held on to win their first opening game victory since defeating Houston Baptist to open the 2007-2008 season.

The Patriots will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Commerce to take on Texas A&M Commerce at 7:00 pm. DBU will return home Saturday, November 17, as they host Homecoming Weekend. That game is set to begin at 7:00 pm as well. Catch all the action, home and away, with Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff on

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