DBU Extends Streak with 84-76 Victory Over Newman

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Joey Miller (5) goes up for two. Photo from dbupatriots.com

THE LEAD 
The Dallas Baptist University Men’s Basketball team won their sixth straight game of the season with an 84-76 victory over Newman on Monday evening.  With the win, DBU improves their record to 12-4 on the season and 6-2 in Heartland Conference play.  The Patriots were led by Joey Miller, who had 28 points and a season-high eight rebounds.  Patrick Burke and Jordan Pratt joined Miller in double-digits with 11 points apiece.  Burke scored six of DBU’s first eight points in the opening minutes, and Jordan Pratt shot a perfect four-for-four from the field, including three three-pointers on as many attempts.

After falling behind 30-23 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, the Patriots went on a 8-0 run over the next two minutes and finished out the half on a 20-6 run, leading 43-36 at the break.  Miller recorded 12 of his 28 points in the first half.  DBU struggled at the beginning of the second half, going on a six-minute scoring drought after a made free throw, allowing Newman to tie the game 44-44.

Trailing 49-48 with 11:28 remaining in the second half, a three-pointer by Jordan Pratt ignited DBU’s turnaround, as Tim Simmons followed with a steal and a bucket to put DBU up by four.  On the Patriots’ next trip down the floor, Burke tipped in a missed shot to cap off a 6-0 run.

With six minutes remaining in the game, DBU held a narrow 61-58 lead before Miller scored six unanswered points to extend the lead to 67-58.  Miller’s six points fueled a 14-3 Patriot run from the 5:45 mark to the 1:45 mark.  Miller accounted for 10 points during the run as DBU took a game-high 13-point lead.  Newman chipped away at the lead with four straight three-pointers in between DBU free throws, but the Patriots prevailed 84-76. 

DBU HEAD COACH BLAKE FLICKNER ON DBU’S SPARK IN THE SECOND HALF THAT LED TO THE WIN
Jordan Pratt gave us some big minutes off the bench tonight.  He made played well on both ends of the floor for us.  His bucket midway through the second half sparked us and gave us the energy that we needed at that point in the game and it seemed like from there we were able to defend pretty well the rest of the game and got going offensively.”

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 
– Miller’s 28 points are his most since registering a season-high 31 against Cameron on December 2, 2015.
– The Patriots converted from the charity stripe when it mattered, making 17-of-20 in the second half.
– Nine of the 10 Patriots to enter the game registered at least one assist.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 
11 – Jordan Pratt‘s 11 points marked a season-high and the first time he’s finished in double-digits this year.
– DBU grabbed eight deadball rebounds, compared to Newman’s four.
7 – Amari Bryant tied his season high with seven assists.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
The Patriots continue their four-game homestand against St. Mary’s on Saturday, January 23, at 2 p.m.