Patriots Ease Past Oklahoma Christian, 95-60

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THE LEAD 
The Dallas Baptist University Men’s Basketball Team won their fifth straight game of the season after defeating Oklahoma Christian, 95-60. With the win, DBU improves their record to 11-4 on the season, 5-2 in Heartland Conference play.  The Patriots were led by Joey Millerwho had a game high 19 points.  Other Patriots scoring in double-figures included Shannon Lilly (18), Amari Bryant (15), and Tim Simmons (12). Jordan Gosey and Lilly each had a game-high seven rebounds.

In the first half, the Patriots jumped out with stingy defense against the Eagles, forcing six turnovers and not allowing OCU to score in double-figures until midway through the half.  DBU would go up by as many as 14 points, taking a 38-24 lead late, fueled by Miller’s 15 first half points and Bryant scoring 10 of his 15 off the bench in the first 20 minutes.  The Patriots maintained their lead going into intermission 43-32.

Out of the break, DBU began to pull away even further from OCU engineering a 12-0 run and giving the Patriots a 64-40 lead.  The high level of defense continued in the second half for DBU as they held Oklahoma Christian and the Heartland Conference’s leading scorer, John Moon, to 19 points.  The Patriots created another big run late with a Tim Simmons three-pointer, sparking a 15-point rally to go up 92-58. DBU eased by OCU with a final score of 95-60.

DBU HEAD COACH BLAKE FLICKNER ON THE TEAM’S OFFENSE
“We did a good job on the boards and battling on the glass tonight.  The selflessness we played with offensively tonight was outstanding.  The guys really moved the ball and found the open man.”

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW 
– Last time DBU started 11-4, the Patriots made the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2009.
– DBU held Heartland Conference leading scorer OCU’s Josh Moon (21.8 ppg) under his season average.
– The Patriots’ backcourt trio of Miller, Lilly, and Bryant all scored in double figures.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 
8:59 – Time left in first half when DBU allowed OCU to score in double digits.
37 – Bench points scored by DBU.
20 – Points scored by DBU off of OCU turnovers.

UP NEXT FOR THE PATRIOTS
The Patriots will host Newman University in the second game of their four game homestand on Monday, January 18. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.