Last Second Shot is Wide, Patriots Fall to OC

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Down by as many as ten early, and trailing by seven at the half, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (5-10) had a chance to tie their game against Oklahoma Christian (10-6) with a last-second shot on Saturday in the Burg Center. Jonathan Perry‘s running three at the buzzer missed off the left part of the rim and the Patriots chance at stopping a losing skid vanished. Nick Fox led the way for DBU with 30 points and eight rebounds while Perry and Charles Allen chipped in 12 and 10, respectively. Allen led the way on the glass for DBU with nine boards and Remy Ndiaye gathered six. Even with those efforts, DBU was outrebounded 33-29.

rp_primary_DBU BSKTB-Newman-89There were plenty of rebounds to go around as neither team shot the ball especially well with DBU holding a 37.9% to 34.4% edge in shooting proficiency. The Patriots shot only 19% from three-point range (4 of 21) and were 15 of 18 from the line.

Trailing by seven at the half, Dallas Baptist stormed out of the locker room to score the first seven points of the second period. Fox opened the scoring with a layup and then an Allen steal, one of six Patriot steals on the night, led to a Perry bucket. After a missed shot by OC, Fox was fouled on his way to scoring another layup and the following free throw tied what once was an OC runaway. The teams would exchange points for the next five minutes and DBU actually opened up a four point lead with 14:38 left to play in the game. That would prove too much time for the visitors, however, and their next lead stretched to six with a quarter left to play in the game. They could not runaway and hide, however, as the DBU defense forced 11 turnovers, including four steals by point guard Cory Carden. With the lead down to one with half a minute to play, DBU was forced to foul and Eric Randall calmly sank two free throws forcing the desperation runner from Perry to close the game.

The Patriots will be at home for two games next week beginning Thursday at 7:00 pm as they play host to St. Mary’s in Dallas. The Patriot Pregame Show will begin at 6:45 pm with Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff on the call.

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