The McMurry University men's basketball team (10-2) imposed its will on Dallas Baptist University (8-14), and came away with a dominating, 80-49 victory on Saturday afternoon in Kimbrell Arena. The win marked the fifth-straight for the War Hawks, who are now 3-2 against Heartland Conference opponents.
McMurry jumped on the Patriots early as the War Hawks scored the first nine points of the contest. Antonio Bell scored the first bucket, before Kaylim Noel hit two jumpers and a three-point shot to put McMurry up, 9-0, with 16:39 remaining.
DBU's first basket came at the 15:29 mark, when a three-pointer by Charles Allen cut the McMurry lead to six. That basket would prove to be the closest the Patriots would get the rest of the game.
Over the next seven minutes, the War Hawks outscored DBU 21-6 which was capped by a three-pointer from Bell to put McMurry up, 30-9, with 8:10 to play. The two teams would continue to trade buckets over the next eight minutes, with the final bucket of the half coming from McM's Chris Campbell, to give the War Hawks the 42-23 halftime lead.
McM saw a balanced attack in the first half as six different players scored at least six points. Takoby Jackson led the way with eight points, while Bell and Noel finished the half with seven. Alfred Perez, Campbell, and DJ Stennis all went into the break with six points.
In the second half, the War Hawks once again opened the scoring with a three-point shot from Noel, to extend the lead to 22 points. Over the next seven minutes of the second half, the lead would fluctuate between 17 and 22 points.
Over the final ten minutes of the contest, McMurry held the Patriots to just two field goals as they outscored DBU 23-14 the rest of the way to come away with the 31-point victory, 80-59.
In the second half, McMurry held DBU to just five total field goals as the Patriots shot 5-of-20 from the field.
Offensively, Campbell led the way with a game-high 16 points. He finished the day 7-for-11 on the way to his career high. Noel scored 12 points on the night, while Perez and Stennis finished the day with 11. Bell completed the day with nine points and six assists, while Jackson also added nine points in the victory. Thomas Brandsma also set a career high. The freshman pulled down eight rebounds (four offensive) in 19 minutes of work off the bench.
The leading point scorer for the Patriots was Remy Ndiaye, who finished the day with 14-points, which included a 12-of-12 performance from the free throw stripe. The only other player in double figures for DBU was Charles Allen, who completed the game with 11 points.
The War Hawks defense suffocated the high powered offense of the Patriots, who were the best three-point shooting team in the conference coming into the game. McM held DBU to just 32 percent shooting and just 28 percent from the three-point line. The team also held the Patriots' starting five to just 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting.
McM also held the conference's leading point scorer in check as a committee of Perez, Connor Robinson, A.J. Peralta, and Dominick Walker held Nick Fox to just eight points. Fox came into the contest averaging 22 points per game and shooting just over 58 percent.
The contest was a complete domination for the War Hawks as they out-rebounded the Patriots, 34-24, had 21 second chance points, and scored 25 points off of 17 DBU turnovers. On the reverse side, McMurry committed a season-low seven turnovers while shooting 53 percent from the field.
The victory marked the third time this season that McM has held its opponent under 50 points for the game (allowed just 47 points against Sul Ross State, and 46 at Texas A&M Kingsville).
McM will be back in action on Thursday, January 17 when they head back on the road to take on Texas A&M International. The contest in Laredo is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.