DALLAS, Texas - Despite shooting over 50 percent from the floor and hitting 14 threes as a team, Southeastern suffered its first loss of the season, 89-80, to Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night in Dallas, Texas.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 4-1 on the season heading into the St. Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic where they will face Emporia State at 5 p.m. on Nov. 29 and Central Missouri at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30. The games will be played in San Antonio, Texas.
SE put three players in double figures led by John Balwigaire who posted a season-high 21 points, while Taylor Smaller and Quinton Threadgill each turned in 18 points.
Balwigaire was 7-of-13 from the field with three three-point buckets, while Smaller hit 6-of-13 along with six threes and Threadgill shot 6-of-8 and 5-of-7 from long range.
That was unfortunately not enough to overcome the night the Patriots’ Jonathan Perry posted, hitting 15-of-20 from the field with five threes to go with a 12-for-14 night at the free throw line and finish with 47 points. He was the only DBU player in double-digits.
As a team, SE held a shooting advantage by hitting 53.8 percent of its shots, while the Patriots shot 51.8 percent, while both squads also shot better than 45 percent from behind the arc.
With both teams making shots, neither team had much in the way of rebounds with the clubs each posting 25 boards.
SE was led by Smaller and Urald King who each tallied five rebounds, while DBU’s Perry completed a double-double with 10 boards.
Threadgill dished out a team-best four assists as the Storm finished with 15 on the night, but struggled to take care of the ball, committing 20 turnovers which led to a 34-6 advantage for DBU in points off those miscues.
SE trailed in the major analysis categories, with DBU also holding the edge in second chance points and points in the paint.
The Patriots wasted little time getting out in front in the game, pushing its lead to seven points before the first media timeout of the ball game.
They would lead for the rest of the first half, pushing the edge out to 14 points before SE whittled away and scored the last four points of the half to trail 37-30 at the break.
The second half started out worse than the first as the seven point deficit ballooned to a 54-32 gap when DBU opened on a 17-2 run.
The Storm trailed by 18 points with 10:39 to play when they began chipping away at the deficit, closing out a 25-11 run with nine-straight points in just over a minute to make the score 77-73 with 3:55 to play.
SE would still trail by four with 2:51 to go, but the Patriots would score the next seven points to make the score 86-75 with 26 seconds to play and the Storm would go on to fall 89-80.