DBU Basketball Falls for First Time

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Tuesday night in Commerce, Texas, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (1-1) fell for the first time in the 2012-2013 season, 91-87. It took overtime for the Commerce Lions (2-1) to overcome the Patriots, an extra period they forced when Tyrie Wooten hit a three-point basket with 4.5 seconds left to play in the game. The loss is especially tough on the Patriots as they held an 11-point lead halfway through the first period, only to see the Lions tie the score at 40 at the half.

The Patriots were outrebounded and lost the turnover battle on the night but were still in the game due to several individual efforts on the offensive side. Nick Fox recorded his second straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Jonathan Perry also picked up 19 points. Remy Ndiaye and Jordan Kirschke also scored in double-digits with 11 and 10, respectively, but the Patriots shot only 45% from the field in the game, including only 36% on 10 of 28 shooting from beyond the arc. In their opening game Saturday night in Dallas, the Patriots were nearly perfect from the free throw line as they shot 96%, missing only one charity shot all night. Tuesday night, the 15-footer was not as kind, as DBU finished 17 of 23 from the stripe.

With five minutes left to go in the game, DBU held an eight point advantage, only to see the Lions score seven straight points over the next two minutes. A Charles Allen three-pointer pushed the lead back to five with 1:45 left to play but a blocked shot and a turnover on the next two DBU possessions allowed Commerce to score the tying three-pointer with minimal time on the clock. Commerce scored the first four points of the overtime period and the Patriots were never able to recover from there.

DBU will return to action Saturday night in Dallas as they host Wayland Baptist for Homecoming at 7:00 pm in The Burg Center. Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff will call all the action live at www.dbupatriots.com/showcase.