DBU Holds off Texas A&M International, 71-62

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THE LEAD
The Dallas Baptist University Men’s Basketball team defeated Texas A&M International 71-62 on Monday night at the Burg Center to earn a share of first place in the Heartland Conference standings.  Myles Johnson and Joey Miller each scored 20 points to lead the Patriots, while Shannon Lilly tied his season-high with seven rebounds to go along with five points and six assists.

After exchanging baskets in the opening four minutes of the game, TAMIU went on a 9-0 run to extend the Dustdevils’ lead to 14-6 with 12:15 remaining in the first half.  The Patriots responded with a 9-0 run of their own to regain the lead at 15-14 with just over nine minutes to play.  Over the final 12:15 of the half, DBU outscored TAMIU 29-14, including three three-pointers in the final four minutes to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.

The Patriots and Dustdevils wrestled back and forth in the second half, but DBU was able to hold off TAMIU, oustcoring the Dustdevils 36-34 over the final 20 minutes.  Johnson’s 11 points in the second half led the Patriots offensively, as he connected on 4-of-8 shots from the field.  Turnovers would also play a key role in the game, as the Patriots scored 30 points off of the Dustdevils’ 21 turnovers.

DBU improved their program-best start to 14-4 and 8-2 in Heartland Conference play.  TAMIU and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith are also 8-2 in conference play.

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
– Monday marks the first victory for the Patriots that their opponent shot better from the field. DBU shot 39.2 percent from the field, compared to TAMIU’s 46.7 percent.
– TAMIU entered Monday’s contest only allowing 64.2 PPG, ranking first in the conference and ninth in the nation.
– Every Patriot that took the floor in Monday’s win scored a point.

IN THE NUMBERS
17 – DBU racked up 17 second chance points, thanks to 13 offensive rebounds.  Jordan Gosey led the Patriots with five offensive boards on the night.
8 – Monday’s win was the eighth in a row for the Patriots, matching the second longest win streak in school history.
1.67 – DBU recorded a 1.67 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Patriots lead the conference with an average ratio of 1.46 this season.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
DBU travels to Lubbock to take on Lubbock Christian on Saturday, January 30, at 2 p.m.