DBU Comeback Falls Short at UA Fort Smith

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THE LEAD
The DBU Men’s Basketball Team dropped their second consecutive conference game, as they fell 74-66 to UA Fort Smith on Saturday at the Stubblefied Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Myles Johnson led the way for the Patriots, scoring a game-high 20 points, while UA Fort Smith’s Dusan Stojanovic poured in a team-high 14 points.

photo from dbupatriots.com

photo from dbupatriots.com

Tied at 19 apiece near the midway point of the first half, a three-pointer from Johnson put DBU (6-4, 0-2) on top and gave the Patriots their largest lead of the game.  DBU held a one-point lead with 4:36 to go in the first half before a layup from Kenny Martin put the Lions back on top.  UA Fort Smith (8-2, 1-1) would end the half on a 6-0 run with all six points coming from Martin, giving UA Fort Smith a 34-29 advantage at the break.

DBU kept the game close in the second half, as Tim Simmons drained a shot from beyond the arc to draw the Patriots even at 42.  That would be the closest DBU would come though, as UA Fort Smith responded with a 14-4 run of their own.  A three-pointer from Ognjen Vasiljevic with 9:20 remaining in the second half put the Lions on top by 10.

The Patriots would not go away quietly though, as a three-pointer from Jonathan Perry capped off a 7-2 spurt from DBU and drew the Patriots to within three with less thatn five minutes to play.  DBU narrowed the deficit to two points with 2:01 left on the clock when Joey Miller connected on a pair of free-throws, but UA Fort Smith outscored the Patriots 10-4 over the final two minutes to close out the game.

DBU HEAD COACH ON THE TOUGH LOSS ON THE ROAD
“It’s hard to win on the road and it takes real toughness and focus.  I was proud of our defense, especially in the half-court.  A couple of bounces didn’t go our way and we didn’t respond as well as we needed to that adversity, but we did make a push down the stretch and tried to fight back, which was good to see.  We’ll enjoy our Christmas break and keep pushing forward to try and play our best at the end of the year.”

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • DBU’s first two opponents in conference play, Rogers State and UA Fort Smith, are a combined 18-2 on the season.
  • The Patriots dropped back-to-back games for the first time this year.
  • DBU finished their three-game road trip with a 1-2 record.