FORT SMITH, Ark. – A late rally by the UAFS men’s basketball team against Dallas Baptist fell just short on Saturday as the Patriots held on for an 86-81 Heartland Conference win against the Lions at The Burg Center in Dallas.
It was the final game of a two-game road trip for UAFS (9-8, 3-3), which lost 84-64 to Lubbock Christian on Thursday night at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. It also was the final game of a rugged four-games-in-eight-days stretch for the Lions, who began the stretch with wins against Newman (98-84) and Oklahoma Panhandle State (104-60) at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS, which trailed by six points at halftime (53-47), cut its deficit to only two points (83-81) on a layup by senior guard Seth Youngblood with 15 seconds left in the game. Following a timeout by the Lions, sophomore guard Ognjen Vasiljevic committed a quick foul to stop the clock.
Dallas Baptist’s Carter Brown missed the first shot of a two-shot, free-throw attempt, but he made the second to push the Patriots’ lead to three points (84-81) with just 10 seconds left in the game.
The Patriots called a quick timeout after the made free throw to set-up their defense. Three seconds rolled off the clock before UAFS called a timeout to set up a potential game-tying shot.
Following the timeout, Youngblood launched a 3-pointer with three seconds left, but his shot was off the mark. Dallas Baptist’s Julian Miranda grabbed the defensive rebound, forcing Youngblood to foul to stop the clock with only one second remaining.
Miranda sank both free throws to push Dallas Baptist’s led to an insurmountable five points (86-81).
UAFS shot 47 percent from the field (30 of 64) – it was 9-of-21 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 86 percent from the free-throw line (12 of 14). Junior guard Ladarius Coleman led the Lions with 21 points, while Youngblood added 18 points to round out their double-figure scoring.
The Lions lost the rebounding battle by just one rebound (29-28). Coleman and junior forward Brett Jolly each had a team-high six rebounds.
Dallas Baptist shot 52 percent from the field (33 of 63) on its home floor – it was 9-of-19 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 73 percent from the free-throw line. Patrick Burke led the Patriots with 29 points – he was 12-of-17 shooting from the field. Boy Van Vliet added 14 points, and Myles Johnson added 11 points.
Burke and Van Vliet just missed double-doubles, finishing with nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
DALLAS BAPTIST 86, UAFS 81
UAFS 47 34 — 81
Dallas Baptist 53 33 — 86
UAFS (9-8, 3-3): Coleman 21, Youngblood 18, Elder 9, Thomas 8, Wallace 8, Jolly 7, Cooper 5, Vasiljevic 3, Glapion 2
Dallas Baptist (8-6, 3-2): Burke 29, Van Vliet 14, Johnson 11, Pratt 8, Brown 6, Bryant 6, Miranda 5, Ledet 5, Harris 2