Patriots Win in Arkansas by Double Digits

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On a Saturday afternoon in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the regular cast of characters usually found at the top of the Dallas Baptist scoring list was unusually absent – minus Jordan McGowen and his 14 points. Wesley Gipson took advantage of his 29 minutes in the lineup to lead the Patriots with 17 points, while committing only one turnover, and Donovan Bridgeforth saw 25 minutes of action to score 11 points and help lead DBU to a 74-64 win over Arkansas-Fort Smith. The win improved the Patriot conference record to 3-2 with three conference games coming up in the next seven days. “It is definitely and important part of the schedule coming up for us,” said Head Coach Blake Flickner. “Every game is important but over this stretch in the next week, we need to make sure we take care of our bodies and come out ready to play each night.”

On Saturday, DBU forced 19 Lion turnovers, including nine by the way of steals. Armie Lewis picked up three of those steals to lead the team. Dallas Baptist also shot 52% on the afternoon while holding UAFS to 41.4%. The combination of quality looks at the basket, plus a smothering defense, allowed DBU to jump out to a 35-27 halftime lead and push that lead to 17 just five minutes into the second half. Flickner went deep into his bench on the afternoon with 10 players seeing five minutes or more in the game.

With eight minutes left in the game, a Bridgeforth jumper pushed the Patriot lead to 20 and they would hold off a surge by Fort Smith late in the game to win by ten.

The important conference run of games will begin Monday night as the Patriots travel the 700+ miles from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Laredo, Texas to take on Texas A&M – International at 7:00 pm. They will then return home for games Thursday night and Saturday afternoon to conclude the week. “No one ever said it was going to be easy,” said Flickner. “We’ll have to travel some but our goal is to continue to play good team basketball and help each other out when we get an opportunity.”