Cameron can’t hold off second half surge by Dallas Baptist

Cameron Athletics
Kenton Means, Sports Information Director

LAWTON – The Cameron men’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss to the No. 25-ranked DBU Patriots on Monday, getting out-scored 56-28 in the second half to lose their sixth game this season, 99-62.

Like their previous meeting on Saturday, the Aggies hung around with the high-scoring Patriots in the first half, but the road team came out firing in the second half and quickly built up a lead that Andrew Brown‘s squad could not overcome.

All 15 available CU student-athletes saw time in Monday’s contest against DBU. Freshman Marques Warrior Jr. led the way offensively, scoring 11 points with nine of those coming on three-balls. Sophomore forwards Connor Slater and Kevin Farmer also played tough minutes for CU, with Slater scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high eight rebounds while Farmer had a career-best 10 points on 4-6 shooting and five boards.

Cameron shot just 32 percent from the field in the loss, going 7-25 from three and 15-20 from the charity stripe. They also turned the ball over 25 times, resulting in 31 points for the Patriots. All that factored in to DBU leading for almost 33 minutes of the 40 minute contest.

The Aggies came out of the gate strong, taking a 10-6 lead on an Andrew Nguyen three early in the first half. However, a 13-0 run by DBU erased that lead and put the home team in an 11-point deficit 10 minutes into the game.

A trio of long balls by Warrior led the way in a CU run the cut the DBU lead to 33-32 with just over five to play in the half. The Patriots were unphased as they quickly built their lead back up to nine as they were ahead 43-34 at the half.

All of Warrior’s 11 points and Slater’s 10 came in the first 20 minutes of action. CU shot right at 40 percent from the floor, knocking down six treys and going 8-10 from the charity stripe. The only difference on the opposite side of the court came in the turnover column as CU had 14 at the break compared to DBU’s four giveaways.

The second half started with a barrage of three-point shots made by the Patriots, as they extended their lead to 30 (74-44) less than halfway through the period. DBU shot almost 56 percent from the field in the second half as they cruised to the 99-62 win, keeping them unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.

Chandler Jacobs led the road team with 22 points while going 8-8 from the foul line and adding six steals on the defensive end, while freshman Ricky Lujan added 21 points with five made shots from long range.

Cameron, now 0-6 overall and 0-2 in Lone Star Conference North Division play, will have another shot at their first win of the season on Thursday, Jan. 7 as they visit Oklahoma Christian for the first half of a home-and-home series this week.

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