Patriots Use Extra Time to Down McMurry

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Down 70-64 with just under three minutes to play, the Dallas Baptist Patriots (8-13) scored six straight points in the closing seconds of regulation to push the visiting McMurry Warhawks (13-7) to overtime Saturday afternoon in Dallas, Texas. The six unanswered points all came on free throws by Nick Fox, who exploded late in the second period and  overtime to finish with 20 points and nine rebounds to lead DBU to an 85-83 win in extra time. While Fox did not record any points in the extra five minutes of the game, he was instrumental in the victory with two rebounds and two assists in the final five minutes as DBU scored the first eight points in overtime to finish off a 14-0 run that carried over from regulation to the extra period. Remy Ndiaye and Jonathan Perry both scored 13 in the game while Cory Carden andWesley Gipson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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For the game, the Dallas Baptist defense was outstanding in that it held McMurry to 45.3% shooting and only 25% from three-point range. The DBU offense would need that defensive help as they didn’t fare much better from the field, shooting 51%, but DBU shot almost 50% (10-21) from beyond the arc and an outstanding 23-29 from the free throw line. Fox finished the game 7-11 from the charity stripe after struggling early but did not miss when the Patriots needed him most down the stretch, going 6-6 in the final two minutes of regulation. Jonathan Perry was 8 of 9 from the line and Cory Carden had two big free throws late to help cement the win for DBU.

In regulation, the lead changed hands 11 times between the two teams and both tried to make runs to put their opponent away in the game. Neither team could push the lead at anytime to double digits, however, and it was McMurry who had the final shot in regulation for the win. Their final possession started with seven seconds and the DBU defense was up to the task as the Warhawks could only manage a long range three as time expired. DBU forced only seven turnovers in the 45 minutes of action while committing 14 of their own but it was their stingy defense and shooting prowess that gave them a chance, and ultimately allowed them, to win on their home court for the fourth time this season.

They will wait a week until their next contest and they travel to Oklahoma Christian on February 16 for their second-straight non-conference game as neither McMurry nor Oklahoma Christian are yet full members of the Heartland Conference. There will be no audio broadcast of Saturday’s game but the Patriot Broadcasting Network will return on Thursday, February 21, from San Antonio and St. Mary’s University.

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