Patriot’s Comeback Falls Short in Final Minute Against Colorado Christian

Filed under: Sports | – Colorado Christian University 90-81 outlasted the Dallas Baptist Men’s Basketball team, in a last-minute nail biter at the Burg Center in Dallas, Texas. Patrick Burke led the Patriots with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 4 rebounds.

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Boy Van Vliet and Amari Bryant also scored in the double digits with 21 and 15, correspondingly. Both players had vital contributions in DBU’s second half comeback and they combined 4-6 from the three-point line. Myles Johnson added 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal

Burke started the game off hot, scoring seven of DBU’s first ten points to help the Patriot’s jump to an early 10-5 lead. Colorado Christian had no plans of allowing DBU to pull away any further. CCU came back to tie it at eleven-points apiece but DBU refused to let Colorado Christian gain enough traction to surpass them. That was until the thirty-point mark when CCU pushed forward with a momentous 25-4 to head into halftime with a 47-34 lead.
The Patriots came out of halftime eager to get back into the game with a 15-5 run to close the gap, 49-52. Behind strong performances of Vliet and Bryant, DBU reclaimed the led at the 9:55 mark, 64-63. The game proceeded to go back-and-forth with lead. With 1:50 left, Vliet pulled the Patriots within two after a three-point field goal but Colorado Christian came back with a devastating four-point play. Bryant hit a clutch three to keep the came within reach with under a minute left to play. However, the last minute of play was marked by missed opportunities and DBU was forced into an automatic foul situation that didn’t help them get back into the game. The Patriots fell to CCU, 90-81.

– In the past two seasons, DBU has lost the second game of the season to a team from Colorado.
– DBU outscored CCU 47-43 in the second half
– DBU shot 27.3% from the three-point line in the first half and 53.3% in the second half

“We had a good spark to start the second half tonight, but really dug ourselves in a tough hole in the first half. This is a learning opportunity and something for us to grow from. Goal is always to play our best at the end of the year.”

12 – Missed free throws by DBU and CCU only missed 1 of 24
8 – Made three-pointers in the second half is most three-pointers in a half since January 16, 2016 for DBU
4 – Players scored in double digits for DBU

DBU is back at home next week as they host Central Oklahoma at 7 PM in the Burg Center.