The Patriots celebrated Homecoming with a win, 78-46, over LeTourneau University to run their record to 3-1 on the season and run their winning streak to three games. In front of an announced crowd of 1,127, the Patriots held the Yellowjackets to 23.5% shooting (12-51) and forced 23 turnovers on the night, both early season bests for the team.
With a full crowd behind them, the Patriots jumped out to a 39-24 halftime lead. The slow-paced game, marred by a myriad of fouls on both sides of the ball, took some of the energy from the Patriot faithful but highlight plays by TJ Clarkand Ryan Marsh kept the crowd in the game. “It was a fun atmosphere,” said Head Coach Blake Flickner. “The crowd was amazing, the addition of the DBU Patriettes and Minute Men added a lot. It was a fun game for us to play.”
On his birthday, Nick Fox led all scorers with 21 points on an efficient 8 of 9 from the field. Clark chipped in 16 points and Marsh added 14. In his return to the lineup after missing two games, Armie Lewis had five assists in 17 minutes. “It’s encouraging to look at the scoresheet and see that of our 26 baskets, 17 of them had assists,” said Flickner. “That means we’re committed to playing a team game and guys are looking to make passes for their teammates to get good looks.”
In all, four Patriots finished the night with double digit points as Jordan McGowen collected 11 points and 7 rebounds. Everyone on the roster saw minutes in the game.
Leading by ten, the Patriots put the game away with an 18-2 scoring run over an eight and a half minute span midway through the second half. With fifteen minutes left to play in the game, the Patriots led by ten at 46-36. With 6:30 left to play, that lead had ballooned to 26. The Patriots largest lead of the night was the final score and they prepare now to travel to Oklahoma for their fourth game in the state as they take on Southwestern Oklahoma Monday at 7:00 pm. They will be back in The Burg the Friday after Thanksgiving as they host the Patriot Thanksgiving Classic. Dallas Baptist’s first game of the tournament is slated for Friday, November 25, at 7:00 pm.