Patriots Can’t Get By Lions

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In their final action before a break for Christmas, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (4-5) fell to Texas A&M Commerce (8-2), 92-62, at home on Saturday afternoon. Jonathan Perry led the Patriots with 17 points while Remy Ndiaye pulled down seven rebounds in sixteen minutes. For the game, DBU shot only 35% from the field and allowed the Lions 39 trips to the free throw line, compared to 15 charity shots of their own. Commerce shot almost 50% in the game and only 67% from the line, but that percentage computed to 26 points for the Lions, who were led in scoring by Preston Whitley with a game-high 22.

rp_primary_Homecoming vs WBU-194Halfway through the first period, DBU actually held a two-point advantage over Commerce at 16-14. But, ove the next five minutes, the iron would go cold for the Patriots and at the 5:03 mark, Commerce led by eight after two free throws by Whitley. DBU would never let the margin get any bigger than that eight, however, and trailed by seven at the intermission.

The second half would be another story. Four minutes into the final period, DBU created quite a mess with their seventh team foul, putting Commerce into the bonus the rest of the game. Already up 13 at that point, Kenny Brown sunk his two free throws to push the lead to 15 and pretty much shut down any chance of a Patriot comeback. That lead grew to 20 with 12 minutes to play and the final margin of 30 is the largest deficit this season for the Patriots, more than tripling the number by which they combined to lose their first four games of 2012 (8).

DBU will take a break from action for the Christmas holidays and return to the court on Saturday, December 29, for a showdown with NAIA opponent Southwestern College (Kansas). Gametime is set for 2:00 pm and will be broadcast by Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff over the Patriot Broadcasting Network.

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