Patriots Lose Turnover Battle, Game to Newman

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Thursday night in a victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith, it was the three-pointer that defined the game for Dallas Baptist (7-12, 4-5). Saturday afternoon against Newman (16-3, 6-2), it was the turnover column of the stat sheet that stood out. In the 78-67 loss to the second place team in the Heartland Conference, DBU forced only eight turnovers while committing nineteen. The majority of those turnovers came late in the first half and throughout the second half as DBU actually held a 12-point lead with 5:24 left to play in the first period. Newman was able to cut that lead to two by halftime and went on to outscore the Patriots 48-35 in the final twenty minutes. A 14-5 run before the three minute mark was the dagger for DBU in this game as it turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point margin.

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Nick Fox continued his solid play in the paint for DBU as he scored 31 points and collected eight rebounds. DBU won the inside battle as they outscored Newman 30-24 from close range but the points off turnovers is what led to the final margin of victory for the Jets as they were able to score 17 points off Patriot miscues. Jonathan Perry chipped in 14 points for DBU on 6 of 10 shooting from the field.

The three-ball was not as kind for DBU on Saturday as it was on Thursday night in the win over Fort Smith. Thursday, the Patriots hit on the seond-most three pointers in team history as they scored on 15 attempts from beyond the arc, one short of the program high. Saturday in Kansas, the Patriots shot only 5 of 15 from long range, with Fox hitting on three of those attempts.

DBU will return to Dallas next week for two of their final four home games on the season. They are set to host St. Edward’s on Thursday at 7:00 pm and McMurry University on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm. Both games will have live video and audio on the Patriot Broadcasting Network beginning fifteen minutes before opening tip.

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