Hot-firing Patriots cling on to deal with first Chaps loss

LUBBOCK, TX (February 5, 2022) – Lubbock Christian University suffered its first loss of the 2021-22 season on Saturday afternoon, losing 75-73 to Dallas Baptist.

DBU (15-7, 8-2) shot 52.9% from the field and 54.4% from behind the arc, including a searing 7-10 on three-pointers in the second half, and the Chaps (20-1, 8-1) still had a chance to win the game or force overtime in the final game.

With less than a minute remaining, DBU’s Carson Hughes netted a contested three-pointer, and when Parker Hicks missed his own attempt at the other end, it looked like the Patriots were in control because the Chaps were forced into a foul. Julian Miranda, however, missed the start of a one-on-one, and Lloyd Daniels drilled a three on the other side with less than 30 seconds left.

Daniels scored a layup 15 seconds later after Miranda split the free throws, and he split again with 13 seconds left, giving the Chaps one last shot to tie or take the lead. The ball came to Daniels on the left wing and he got a disputed three, but a buzzer-beater just wasn’t in the cards for LCU.

The Patriots just held on to win, despite having a better start than the Chaps. By the time the first media timeout occurred, DBU had scored 13 points and led LCU by eight points.

Lubbock Christian slowly found his shot, getting three straight points from Daniels and Ty Caswell shoot in all four. DBU pushed back the lead to nine with 5:47 left in the first half, but LCU pushed back again and two straight layups from Daniels with just under two minutes left in the half. The two teams split the free throws at the last minute, and the score was tied at 37 at the break.

The Chaps actually shot the ball pretty well themselves in the second half, hitting 51.9% from the field and 41.7% on three-pointers, but the Patriots just couldn’t miss behind the arc.

Even still, LCU managed to take an early second half lead at 49-47, when Cameron Copley hitting a three-pointer from the wing.

DBU pulled away midway through the half with a 13-2 run and even trailed by double digits with just 8:25 left, but LCU came right back with a 7-0 run to set up the tense final two minutes of action.

TURNING

Lubbock Christian had shot within two runs with 1:18 left on a pair of Parker Hicks free throws and DBU called a timeout on the ensuing possession. The Chaps played tough defense and kept the ball on the outside, where the Patriots handed the ball to Hughes. He was several yards behind the three-point line, but got up and shot anyway, drilling a three-pointer to give DBU some breathing space in the final minute.

IN THE NUMBERS
25 | Parker Hicks led the Chaps with 25 points, scoring 20-plus points for the third straight game
21 | Lloyd Daniels also surpassed the 20-point mark for the third game in a row, going 8-14 from the field, including 3-6 from behind the arc
9 | For the second game in a row, Zach Stepp set a new career high in rebounds, this time tied for the team lead with nine in 32 minutes on the ground
11 | Ty Caswell had 11 points off the bench, reaching double digits for the first time this season

FOLLOWING
The Chaps will face a quick turnaround as they host Texas A&M-International at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Rip Griffin Center in a line-up originally scheduled for Jan. 2.

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