Patriots Win Second Straight Conference Game

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For the second straight game, the Dallas Baptist Patriot defense held their opponent to under 50% shooting. For the second straight game, the Patriots picked up a win.

Nick Fox led all scorers with 27 points and Jordan McGowen added 23 of his own but it was the Patriot defense that set the tone for Saturday afternoon’s game at The Burg Center. After a first half that saw the lead change hands nine times, the Patriots found themselves down 37-36 heading into the second twenty minutes. It was in the final period that the Patriot defense took over. They outrebounded the Hilltoppers 18-11 in the second half and forced SEU into 14-32 shooting overall and 6-18 from three point range. Meanwhile, DBU shot 5-7 from beyond the arc as part of a 12-23 half from the field. They also converted on 19 of 21 free throws in the final frame to put the game away.

After St. Ed’s took a six point advantage at 56-50 with 10:28 left to play, DBU scored five straight to pull within one. A TJ Clark three-pointer put the Patriots ahead at 60-59 with nine minutes left to play and from there, DBU took over the game. Clark would finish with 17 points.

From the Clark three-pointer at the nine minute mark, St. Ed’s would not score again until DBU had built an eight point lead with 5:53 left to play. SEU would trim the margin to two points with just under four minutes to play but the Patriots scored the next five points and with a McGowen three-pointer regained a seven point advantage at 2:53. That lead would hold as DBU made four of their last five free-throws to win the game, 84-76.

DBU shot 85% from the line on the day (23-27) and limited their turnovers to a season-low 12. They also had five steals in the game, three of them from Armie Lewis as he fought through a stomach bug to log 33 minutes on the afternoon. Lewis also led the way with six assists.

DBU will take a week off from play and return to the court on Monday, January 23, at Newman University in another Heartland Conference contest. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.