Patriots Streak to Third Straight

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A week between games could not slow down the hot shooting of Jordan Kirschke as he and three other Patriots recorded double-digit nights in a game that saw Dallas Baptist (4-4, 2-0) defeat conference rival UT-Permian Basin (1-5, 0-1), 69-64, in Odessa on Saturday afternoon. Kirschke finished the win with a game-high 21 points while Nick Foxadded 15 points and nine rebounds, just missing another double-double, and Russ Johnson scored a season-high 12 points in 21 minutes. Cory Carden chipped in 10 points on three of four shooting from beyond the arc while converting on one of his two free throw attempts. His three pointer with 1:02 left in the game was arguably the shot of the night and gave Kirschke all the cushion he would need down the stretch.

With 1:30 left in the game and trailing by two, UTPB had an open look to take the lead. Madison Turner’s attempt from beyond the arc drew iron and Fox pulled down one of his game-high rebounds. Thirty seconds later, Carden put the dagger in the Falcons’ chances at a comeback. His three point attempt was true and the final minute of the game belonged to Kirschke from the free throw line as the Falcons were forced to foul to give themselves a chance.

This was the second straight twenty-point game for Kirschke, although the way he scored Saturday night could not have been any more different than his afternoon in Oklahoma a week back. Last Saturday, the majority of the transfer’s points came from beyond the arc. This afternoon, only six came from three point range while Kirschke shot nine of ten from the free throw line. He also hit on three of his five attempts from two-point range in 31 minutes. Only Carden and Fox saw more floor time in the third straight win for DBU.

DBU took a 31-29 lead into the half after holding UTPB to 41% shooting in the opening twenty minutes. The Patriots shot an astounding 63% in the opening frame and were able to overcome 17 offensive turnovers to hold that lead in the final minutes. Most of that cushion came from an 8-0 run after UTPB had tied the game at 31 to start the second half and then, after the Carden momentum-changing three, Kirschke hit on six straight free throws in the final minute of play to ice the game. His only miss on the night came on the back end of a UTPB technical with fractions of a second remaining on the clock.

The Patriots will again wait seven days before their next game as the players complete their academic finals and the fall semester. On Saturday, December 15, they will host Texas A&M Commerce at The Burg Center beginning at 2:00 pm. Catch the action with Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff beginning at 1:45 pm on the Patriot Broadcasting Network.

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