DBU Patriots Fall to Abilene Christian, 85-82

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In their final game of 2011, and their final non-conference game before opening Heartland Conference play on January 9, the Dallas Baptist Patriots fell to Abilene Christian Friday night in Abilene, 85-82. The loss drops DBU to 9-5 while the Wildcats improved their record to 6-6.

The game could not have opened any better for the Patriots after a 13 day layoff since defeating Crowley’s Ridge College back on December 17. After trading mini-runs and holding a 9-7 lead six minutes into the game, the Patriots went on a 14-0 run and led 23-7 with just under ten minutes to play in the first half. The Wildcats tried to answer before the end of the first period but DBU still held a 39-31 advantage heading into the break.

One and a half minutes into the second period, ACU had the lead, and with 8:41 left to play in the game, the game was tied at 59. The final seconds of the game came with a flurry of points and free throws from both sides as the Patriots connected on three-point baskets to keep the game close. Nick Fox was fouled on a late three point basket but missed the free throw that came with the possible four point play and ACU led 83-79 with under 20 seconds to play. An ACU turnover allowed Jordan McGowen to connect on a three of his own with nine seconds left to play to cut the ACU lead to one. But ACU converted its free throw attempts and an Armie Lewis desperation three at the buzzer came up short to give the Wildcats the win.

McGowen was a big bright spot for the Patriots as he scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on the night. McGowen connected on a season high six three-point baskets and was 9-15 overall from the field. TJ Clark scored 16 points, including 9-10 from the charity stripe, while Nick Fox scored 13 points. The Patriots shot 48% from the field while allowing ACU to shoot 50% from the field and holding the Wildcats to 7-19 shooting from behind the arc.

The Patriots will return to action on January 9 as they head to San Antonio to open conference play against St. Mary’s at 7:30 pm.