Patriots Open Colorado Trip With One-Point Loss

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Eight points. Eight points is all that separates the Dallas Baptist Patriots from perfection on this young season. As is, the Patriots saw their record fall to 1-4 with a 90-89 loss on Friday night to Colorado School of Mines (2-1) in Golden, Colorado. This was the fourth straight loss for DBU after opening the season with a home win against Abilene Christian and the second time they have lost this year by one point. Their largest margin of defeat came on November 13 when they lost to Texas A&M Commerce by four in overtime and they also lost their rematch with Abilene Christian earlier this week by two points – after climbing back from a 22-point deficit in the final nine minutes.

Friday night in Golden saw only one Patriot score in double-digits – but he did it in a big way. Nick Fox shot 17 of 23 from the field, including one of three from beyond the arc, on his way to recording a 41-point night with five rebounds. The big man led DBU to a six point halftime lead at 48-42, a lead that climbed to 10 just two minutes into the second period. Five minutes in, however, the lead had evaporated and Mines continued out to a nine point lead with 9:45 left to play in the game. Fighting back,  though, DBU cut the lead to one with under a minute to play and Wesley Gipsonforced a turnover with 20-seconds left in the game. Gipson finished the night with seven points and two steals in twenty minutes of play.

DBU called a timeout to set up their final chance at victory and were able to get the ball to Cory Carden for the final shot of the night. His three-point effort came up short at the buzzer and the Patriots are left still in search of their second win of the season.

Carden turned in five points on the night while Remy Ndiaye chipped in nine and five boards. The player of the night, however, was Fox as he continues his hot play early in the season. The junior forward is now averaging 25 points a night and just under ten boards at 9.8 per game. His 59% from the field trails only Gipson’s 79% for tops on the team and Fox has tallied 31 free throws in 35 attempts. His 49 rebounds in five games is more than double the next closest Patriot.

On Friday night, Blake Flickner received quality efforts from a number of his Patriots – just has he has gotten each night through the first five games. His bunch will regroup quickly as they search for those elusive eight points that keep them seperated from a winning record. Their next try at getting a game closer is tomorrow night, Saturday, November 24, as they travel across Golden to take on Regis University at 8:00 pm CST.

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