East Central University managed to shoot just 37.3 percent from the floor and committed 18 turnovers as host Dallas Baptist placed five players in double figures in a 78-66 victory over the Tigers in men’s non-conference basketball play Tuesday night.
The Patriots, who improved to 3-1 on the season, shot 48.3 percent for the game and committed only 10 turnovers.
ECU, which dipped to 3-1, had three players reach double figures, led by senior Denarius Darby’s 20 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked a shot. Darby hit 6-of-13 shot attempts from the field and was 8-of-11 from the line.
Caprest Rhone followed with 12 points and two steals while Jamal Edwards added 11 points with a team-leading nine boards and seven assists to go with a pair of steals. Edwards sank two 3-pointers in the second half.
The only battle that the Tigers won was on the boards by a 36-27 margin. Antwone Snead contributed eight rebounds to go with his three points before fouling out. Chris Lee and Darnell Davis chipped in six points each in a losing cause. Lee also pulled down five boards.
Two Rhone free throws pushed ECU to its last lead of 40-38 with 15:29 to go. DBU then went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good, sparked by an Armie Lewis trey. Lewis was 4-of-4 from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arch, to finish with 11 points.
Nick Fox topped the Patriots with 19 points, T.J. Clark followed with 13 and Jordan McGowen finished with 12. Braxton Adamson, like Lewis, finished with 11 points.
The Patriots held a slim 32-30 halftime edge, despite the fact that ECU received eight points out of Rhone and seven from Darby. Rhone knocked down both of the Tigers’ 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
ECU shot 42 percent from the field in the opening half while DBU hit at a 50 percent pace, but managed to convert just one trey.
Fox’s nine points topped the Patriots at the break and Marsh was next with six.
The Tigers held a 16-9 advantage on the boards before halftime, led by Snead’s seven rebounds.
Edwards dished out five of ECU’s seven first-half assists.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday by entertaining Texas A&M-Kingsville at 4 p.m. at the Kerr Activities Center in Ada.