Last Second Shot Comes Up Short, DBU Falls to SWOSU

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For the second time in five days, Dallas Baptist Basketball met up with Southwestern Oklahoma State and for the second time in five days, they fell to the Bulldogs, running their season record to 4-3 and splitting their two games in the Patriot Thanksgiving Classic.

Unlike the game in Weatherford, Oklahoma last week, a relatively easy 14-point win for the Bulldogs, Saturday’s game in The Burg Center saw DBU lead by 11 with just under five minutes to play. That lead came courtesy of a 14-2 run for the Patriots midway through the second half, a TJ Clark three-point play, and two Jordan McGowen free throws at the 4:58 mark to give DBU a 69-58 lead. Clark ended the game with 15 points and four rebounds while McGowen scored a season-high 24 and pulled down nine rebounds. Nick Fox recorded his third straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The lead, however, would not stand for the Patriots. Southwestern Oklahoma mounted a 19-8 run of their own that began with less than four minutes on the clock. With 1:11 left to play in the game, Bulldog Chase Elliott made two free throws to give SWOSU a one point lead. A Ryan Marsh offensive rebound and put back allowed the Patriots to regain the lead with 47 seconds to play but two more Elliott points, this time off an offensive rebound of his own, gave SWOSU the lead again with half a minute left to go.

After the Elliott score and a timeout, DBU worked patiently to get a good look on the offensive end of the court. Clark put up a short shot that missed but Fox was there for a rebound. He was fouled in the scramble for the Clark miss and sank two free throws to give the Patriots a one point cushion with 12 ticks on the clock. However, Elliott once again put a dagger through the Patriots as his fifteen footer with six seconds left gave the Bulldogs another lead. A quick DBU timeout allowed them to draw up a play to go the length of the court – and they did. Fix found space on the right side of the floor but his 17 footer hit the front of the rim and rebounded off as time expired.

On the afternoon, DBU shot 52.4% (22-42) from the field and outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-20. However, SWOSU shot 48% from three-point range and scored 36 of their 79 points from beyond the arc. Elliott led the way for SWOSU with 19 points, including their last six.

“I’m proud of our effort,” said Head Coach Blake Flickner, “and against a good team you want to be in position to have a chance to win at the end of the game. We had our chances, but they had better possessions and execution than us down the stretch. It’s hard to beat a good team when they shoot 12-25 from behind the three point line.”

The Patriots will play their third straight home game Tuesday night as they host Abilene Christian at 7:00 pm in The Burg Center.