DBU Patriots Win Conference Home Opener

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The winner Thursday night between the Dallas Baptist University Patriots and the UT-Permian Basin Falcons was decided by the media – timeouts that is. DBU took an 11-point lead into the second media timeout of the second half and before the third media timeout four minutes later, that lead had ballooned to 19. From there, the Patriots cruised in a foul-filled affair to a 78-64 win over the Falcons, their first win in two tries within the Heartland Conference.

The Patriots scored nine of the game’s first eleven points and held an 18-8 advantage midway through the first half. The Falcons trimmed that lead to four points at 23-19 with just under six minutes to play but that was as close as they would get as DBU took a 38-29 margin into the half.

DBU held UTPB to 38.1% shooting in the first half and just 39.6% overall for the game. The Patriots, on the other hand, shot 56.5% in the first twenty minutes and finished the game at 46.3%, scoring 24 of their 78 points from beyond the arc. Statistically, the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard said. DBU outrebounded the Falcons, 27-26, and committed one more turnover with 20. The difference in the game was a matter of threes – the three extra three-pointers and the three extra free-throws made by the Patriots. The Patriots finished the game 20-28 (71.4%) at the charity stripe while UTPB connected on 17 of 24 (70.8%).

Jordan McGowen led all scorers with 22 points and also had a game-high eight rebounds. TJ Clark chipped in 17 points and had two steals. Ryan Marsh was the only other Patriot in double-digits with 14 points on 6-8 shooting from the field, including 2-3 from three-point range. Donovan Bridgeforth and Nick Fox both scored seven in the winning effort.

The Patriots will return to The Burg Center on Saturday afternoon as they welcome St. Edward’s for a conference matchup. The game is set to begin at 2:00 pm as the Patriots look to move their record above .500 in conference play and into the top four in conference standings.