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

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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.

– 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.

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.

DBU travels to Lubbock to take on Lubbock Christian on Saturday, January 30, at 2 p.m.