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Rogers State's Streak Snapped as Hillcats Fall at Dallas Baptist

 

January 13, 2019



DALLAS, Texas. – The Rogers State Men's Basketball team dropped its first Heartland Conference contest of the season as the Hillcats fell to Dallas Baptist 93-63 Saturday afternoon at the Burg Center.

Rogers State's streak of seven consecutive wins comes to an end as the Patriots broke a 21-21 tie with a 13-0 run and the Hillcats were never able to recover.

Tate Turner scored the first seven pints of the contest for the Hillcats and finished as the only Rogers State player in double figures with 15 points. Turner also had two assists along with a block, steal and rebound.

After trailing by 16 late in the first half, the Hillcats cut the deficit to 12 at the break and then trimmed it to eight early in the second half.

However, the hosts would respond with a 21-6 run over the next six minutes to eliminate any chance of a comeback.

In total, 10 Hillcats finished with at least one basket in the contest, but Rogers State shot just 42 percent from the field and well below their average from behind the arc, going 3-for-19 for the game.

Chase Littlejohn finished with nine points in the contest, while Bryan Battle had eight points.

The Hillcats also shot just 8-for-19 from the free-throw line, shooting 42 percent after averaging 75 percent on the season.

Dallas Baptist, who shot 55 percent for the game and 48 percent from three-point range, also led in rebounds 39-24.

Destin Eke and Latrell Tidwell had five rebounds each to lead the way for the Hillcats. Eke finished with seven points, while Tidwell had six points off the bench.

Rogers State will remain on the road as the Hillcats travel to Lubbock, Texas for a DII Showcase doubleheader against Lubbock Christian on Thursday. The men are set to tip off in the second game of the doubleheader at 8 p.m. at the Rip Griffin Center with the game against the Chaparrals being streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.

 

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