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1/11/2018 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 375
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Louisiana College3841483
UT Tyler41381493
Stats at a GlanceLCMUTT
FG Percentage.471 (32-68) .530 (35-66)
3P FG Percentage.474 (9-19) .188 (3-16)
FT Percentage.588 (10-17) .769 (20-26)
Offensive Rebounds610
Defensive Rebounds2228
Total Rebounds2838
Turnovers1618
Steals136
Bench Points2619
Statistical LeadersLCMUTT
PointsLashard Powell - 23
Emeka Obukwelu - 25
ReboundsTrey Ames - 7
Devon Washington - 7
Emeka Obukwelu - 13
AssistsTimothy Stokes - 7
Josh Tatum - 8
StealsTaylan Grogan - 3
Timothy Stokes - 3
Johnell Lane - 2
BlocksDevon Washington - 1
Melvin Anthony - 2

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler men's basketball team returns to its home court to host Alumni Weekend with games against Louisiana College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday before playing Belhaven at 4 p.m. on Saturday in a pair of American Southwest Conference contests at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (10-4, 3-4 ASC) split a pair of ASC road games last week with a win at Howard Payne before dropping a decision at Sul Ross. UT Tyler is currently eighth in the nation and leads the ASC with a 50.9 field goal percentage and 259 total assists. The Patriots are averaging 88.9 points per game and lead the ASC with 18.5 assists per game and a 40.5 percentage on 3-point attempts coming into their only homes games in January.

UT Tyler sophomore Emeka Obukwelu is putting up huge numbers for the Patriots and is third in the nation with a 75.5 shooting percentage and sixth with 123 field goals made. A Plano native, Obukwelu is averaging 19.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season where he has scored in double-figures in all but one game. He leads the team with six double-doubles, including a program record 43 points and 17 rebounds in a blowout win over Rhodes where he was 20-for-22 from the field. He recorded his sixth double-double of the season last Thursday with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Howard Payne, but was limited to 10 points on 5-for-11 shooting at Sul Ross where he shot under 50 percent in a game for the first time all season. UT Tyler senior Melvin Anthony is adding 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Patriots in his third season with the program. A Killeen native who played his freshman season at Arkansas-Fort Smith, Anthony is also contributing 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He was limited to five points at Sul Ross after going for 15 points and nine rebounds in the win over HPU.

Josh Tatum has become one of the top point guards in the conference in his senior season and currently ranks 24th in the nation with 5.6 assists per game and is third in the ASC with 26 total season. In his second season at UT Tyler after transferring from Weatherford College, Tatum is also averaging 9.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Patriots. He had 11 points and three assists in the win over HPU but was held to four points against the Lobos. UT Tyler sophomore Johnell Lane has started the last six games and is adding 11.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Patriots. A Louisiana native, Lane scored a season-high 26 points against Ozarks when he hit six 3-pointers and then also had six 3-pointers against Mary Hardin-Baylor. He leads the team with 31 3-pointers and tops the conference at 44.3 percent on 3-pointers this season. Lane went off for a team-best 20 points in the win over HPU, including three late 3-pointers to help the team pull away from the Yellow Jackets but was limited to eight points at Sul Ross after going 2-for-6 from beyond the arc in Alpine.

UT Tyler senior Skyler Hadden is the fourth Patriot averaging double figures this season and comes into this week’s games averaging 11.6 pints and 5.3 rebounds per game. A Waco native, Hadden scored a season-high 20 points at McMurry where he was 6-for-9 from the field and hit two 3-pointers. He is shooting 53.9 percent from the field for the season and is also adding 2.2 assists per game. Cameron Frank has made 11 starts this season and is averaging 5.6 pints, 2.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game, while Chase Mason is averaging 5.4 points per game with 14 3-pointers made. Xavier Fogle and Davis Moore are also adding sparks from the bench with Fogle averaging 5.0 points per game and Moore at 4.8 points and 1.5 assists per game. Fogle scored a career-high 13 points at Hendrix and also had nine at Sul Ross, while Moore is 18-for-40 (45 percent) on 3-pointers this season.

Louisiana College (2-9, 0-6 ASC) are coming off a pair of ASC road losses last week at UMHB and Concordia, while Belhaven is 2-10 overall and is on a six-game losing streak going into a Thursday night game at Ozarks before traveling to Tyler. The Wildcats are 2-4 away from home this season and are being limited to 72.5 points per game. Devon Washington leads LC with 16.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while Taylan Grogran is averaging 14.4 points per game.

The UT Tyler basketball programs started play in the 2003-04 season and are excited to welcome back all alumni who have helped to build the programs into what they are today. The alumni are encouraged to come back on Friday and will have the opportunity to play against each other before being honored at the games on Saturday. The weekend’s events will culminate with a gathering at Republic Icehouse after the games on Saturday.

For information and to RSVP for the men’s alumni weekend contact associate head coach Jake Deer at jdeer@uttyler.edu and assistant coach DySeana Carpenter at dyseana@yahoo.com to RSVP for the women’s basketball program's alumni weekend.

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