Patriots Fall Again in Extra Time

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In their last two ballgames, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (1-2) have played a total of ninety minutes of basketball. On Saturday night in Dallas against Wayland Baptist (2-2), just like Tuesday night in Commerce, they needed a few more. DBU was able to run a set play with twenty seconds on the clock, trailing by one in the extra frame, but were not able to get a clean look at the basket and were forced to foul after a turnover. A Nick Fox halfcourt heave as time expired – after two missed free throws by Juhreece Thompson – came up short and WBU escaped Dallas with a 80-79 victory on Homecoming Night at DBU.

Fox again led the DBU effort of the offensive side of the court with 27 points, including 11 straight at one point, Fox also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Despite the offensive effort, including 16 points from Jonathan Perry and 15 from Charles Allen, the Patriots could never sustain a lead in the contest. Their largest lead of the day was seven points, including leading by that margin with just under five minutes to play. But the hot-shooting of Tanner Hazelbaker, who finished with 20 points, and the inside play of Thompson, who collected 27 points, kept WBU in the game and allowed them to tie the score at the end of regulation.

DBU shot just 2 of 7 in the overtime period while Wayland Baptist made three of their five shots, including a big three pointer midway through the period. They finished the night just over 50% from the field while the Patriots shot just 44.3% from the field. Both teams were able to show an inside presence in the game, scoring 33 points apiece in the paint, but the inability to establish any consistency on the offensive side of the ball is what doomed DBU late in the contest.

The Patriots will travel to Abilene on Teusday, November 20, for a rematch against Abilene Christian, a team they defeated on opening night just ten days earlier. From there, DBU will travel to Colorado for a pair of games over the Thanksgiving Holiday, playing Colorado School of Mines on November 23 and Regis University on the 24th. Fans will be able to listen to the game against Abilene Christian live on www.dbupatriots.com.

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