Fox’s Big Night Can’t Rally Patriots

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For the second straight Monday, Nick Fox scored a bunch of points. For the second straight Monday night, the Patriots fell in Heartland Conference action. The loss last Monday – to conference-leading Newman – was followed by a ten point win over Arkansas Fort Smith. The Patriots hope tonight’s tight loss to Texas A&M – International, 83-79, will be followed in kind by a win over Panhandle State this coming Thursday in The Burg Center.

Dallas Baptist found themselves down early, 12-5, but jumped out to a 26-20 lead with 8:32 left to play in the first half. Five minutes later, though, they found themselves stuck on that same number of points while the Dustdevils had shot their way to a 32-26 advantage. The Patriots found their shooting stroke, however, and even scored the final four points of the half on an Ishmael Awange dunk and a Jordan McGowen jumper to cut the TAMUI lead to 37-34 heading into the break. McGowen would finish the game with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the floor.

The second half belonged to Fox as he paced the Patriots to a 45-44 lead just four minutes into the second half. ARuss Johnson three-pointer would push that lead to five later in the half but with 12:37 left to play, the Dustdevils took the lead and never again allowed DBU to score a go-ahead basket. On four different occasions, DBU tied the game but TAMUI would regain the lead on their next possession. Fox, voted Heartland Conference Player of the Week for his performance last week, would finish with 29 points. Thirteen of those points came from the charity stripe for the junior from Colorado.

As a whole, the Dustdevils did not shoot very well from the freethrow line, just 18 of 34, but Scottie Payne made two with 12 seconds to play that pushed the TAMUI lead to three. Fox would get one more look to tie the game with eight seconds left to play but his shot was off the mark and the Patriots saw their conference record fall to 3-3 on the season.

For the game, DBU shot 22-26 from the freethrow line, 7-17 from three point range, and 25-44 (56.8%) overall from the field. The game Thursday is set to begin at 7:00 pm.