@uttylerMBB set to open season at TLU on Sunday
Texas-Tyler (0-1)
Texas Lutheran (1-0)
11/15/2015 | Seguin, Texas (Memorial Gymnasium) | Attendance: 540
Texas Lutheran364783
Stats at a GlanceUTTTLU
FG Percentage.359 (23-64) .491 (28-57)
3P FG Percentage.227 (5-22) .364 (8-22)
FT Percentage.762 (16-21) .559 (19-34)
Offensive Rebounds1411
Defensive Rebounds2531
Total Rebounds3942
Bench Points3632
Statistical LeadersUTTTLU
PointsAnthony Gonzales - 16
Zach Behr - 17
ReboundsTy Davis - 9
Harris Jowell - 8
AssistsDemarcus Metcalf - 2
Anthony Gonzales - 2
Sterling Holmes - 3
StealsDemarcus Metcalf - 3
Aris Qadash Williams - 2
BlocksDeon Rodgers - 1
Anthony Gonzales - 1
Sterling Holmes - 1
Harris Jowell - 1
Blake Ray - 1

Friday, November 13, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – A new season begins for the UT Tyler men’s basketball team at 7 p.m. on Sunday when the Patriots travel to play a non-conference game against Texas Lutheran at Memorial Gymnasium in Seguin before playing an exhibition at 7 p.m. on Monday at Texas State in San Marcos.

The Patriots return five players from last year’s team and welcome in the addition of nine transfers and four freshmen. UT Tyler is led by Jamon Copeland who is entering his third season and have a six-player senior class with Dadrian Taylor, Ty Davis, Demarcus Metcalf, Dyonne Luke, Anthony Gonzales and Joey Cuervo.

Sunday’s season-opener at TLU will be the first meeting between the two programs since Dec. 1, 2012 when the Patriots earned a 63-60 win in Seguin.

“I think the reason athletes and coaches are drawn to athletics is because of the opportunity each season gives you to compete against not only your opponents but also against yourself,” Copeland said. “I am really excited to see if we can maximize our potential. The most exciting thing about this group is how much they enjoy being around each other which in turn makes them a really fun group to coach. At the same time, because of their competitive spirit they also get after each other in practice.”  

Gonzales is a senior guard from Killeen who averaged 13.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Patriots last season in his first year with the program. Gonzales hit 31 3-pointers and also had 28 assists. “I believe we will bring a lot of excitement to the court this year with the players we have,” Gonzales said. “It will be a sight to see.” Metcalf is a senior guard who played his high school basketball at W.T. White in Dallas before playing at Eastfield College. A 6-foot-5 guard, he averaged 19.3 points per game and was named the District 9-5A Offensive Player of the Year in his senior season at W.T. White. He would help Eastfield to the NJCAA National Finals and averaged 11.2 points per game and was in the top-20 in the nation in steals during his sophomore season. Melvin Anthony is a sophomore who is in his first season with the Patriots after transferring from Arkansas-Fort Smith. Also a Killeen native, Anthony averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game in his senior season for Killeen High before going to UAFS for his freshman season. Gonzales, Metcalf and Anthony were each named to the American Southwest Conference Preseason Watch List while the Patriots were picked to finish fourth in the ASC East Division.

UT Tyler’s junior class includes Levelt Francois, Deion Robinson, Ja’Carre Crockett, Latigo Collins and Deon Rodgers, while Joseph Richard and Darryn Luke join Anthony in a three-player sophomore class. The roster has four freshmen with Tanner Hilton, Kreston Richardson, Reid Walker and Justin Henderson who are set for their first weekend of collegiate basketball.

TLU is coming off a season where they went 18-10 overall and won Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships. With the automatic bid from the SCAC tournament title the Bulldogs advanced to the program’s first NCAA tournament. TLU will play at Incarnate Word on Friday in an exhibition game before hosting the Patriots on Sunday.