RECAP: @UTTylerMBB has season end in ASC quarterfinals
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UT Tyler (15-11, 8-8 ASC)
Concordia (TX) (19-7, 12-4 ASC)
2/23/2017 | Solheim Arena, LeTourneau University | Attendance: 289
UT Tyler513384
Concordia (TX)434487
Stats at a GlanceUTTMBBCTXMBBC
FG Percentage.471 (32-68) .471 (33-70)
3P FG Percentage.167 (2-12) .467 (7-15)
FT Percentage.750 (18-24) .778 (14-18)
Offensive Rebounds179
Defensive Rebounds2921
Total Rebounds4630
Bench Points2010
Statistical LeadersUTTMBBCTXMBBC
PointsJordan Francis - 31
Joe Neal - 27
ReboundsMelvin Anthony - 8
Ben Page - 13
AssistsJosh Tatum - 5
Philip Meikle - 3
StealsJordan Francis - 1
Josh Tatum - 1
Verlo Levels - 1
Joe Neal - 2
BlocksMelvin Anthony - 1
Josh Tatum - 1
Rashad Coleman - 3

Thursday, February 23, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

LONGVIEW – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team had its season come to an end with an 87-84 loss to Concordia in the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday after being outscored 44-33 in the second half at the Solheim Arena.

“I was really proud of our guys fight and grit throughout the entire game,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “They laid it all out on the line and played with no regrets which is all you can ask of a group of young men.”

Jordan Francis scored a game-high 31 points after hitting 12 shots from the field and seven from the free-throw line, while Melvin Anthony went for 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Patriots who were unable to advance in the conference tournament. Concordia will play LeTourneau  at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the ASC semifinals. 


The Patriots (15-10) led the game 51-43 at halftime before the Tornados (19-7) started chipping away to make for an intense postseason game. UT Tyler led 78-77 on a pair of Melvin Anthony free throws with 5:22 to play and were up 80-79 on a Jordan Francis layup with four minutes remaining. The Patriots would have their final lead of the game at 82-81 on an Anthony jumper and were tied at 84 with one minute to play on another inside shot by Francis. Concordia took its final score margin when Joe Neal made a layup and a free throw and Anthony would have a last-second 3-pointer rim out as the Tornados escaped with the win.

Francis, who scored 38 points in mid-December against LeTourneau in his first trip to Solheim Arena, went 12-for-20 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. He finished his season leading the Patriots with 14.4 points per game. Anthony was two rebounds off of his sixth double-double of the season and finished his junior season at 12.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Tyler Jacobs would lead the UT Tyler reserves with eight points and seven rebounds, while Josh Tatum went for seven points, seven rebounds and five assists from the point guard position. A junior from Keller, Tatum led the Patriots this season with 72 assists. Emeka Obukwelu added six points and five rebounds against Concordia and Skyler Hadden had five points from the starting lineup. UT Tyler finished the game shooting 47.1 percent from the field and were 18-for-24 from the free-throw line. The team struggled on 3-pointers by going 2-for-12 from beyond the arc, including being 0-for-4 in the second half.

Neal led the Tornados with 27 points and had six rebounds and two assists, while Ben Page had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double. The Tornados, which fell to the Patriots in the 2014 ASC quarterfinals, shot 47.1 percent from the field in the game and hit seven 3-pointers. Ephriam Price and Page hit two each for Concordia which also earned a 90-85 win over UT Tyler in the regular season.

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