@uttylerMBB opens season with loss at TLU
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

Sunday, November 15, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

SEGUIN – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team opened its season with an 83-67 non-conference loss to Texas Lutheran on Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium.

The Patriots (0-1) were within three of the Bulldogs (1-0) with the score at 62-59 on a pair of Joey Cuervo free throws with 4:47 remaining, but TLU went on a 12-3 run to pull away and earn the home win. 

"We wanted our opening game to really test us to see where we are early so we scheduled the SCAC Champion and NCAA Tournament team TLU," UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. "They shoot it really well as a team and made some really tough 3s in bunches.  It was a game of runs and we never got rattled when they went on a run."

Anthony Gonzales led the Patriots with 16 points after hitting four shots from the field and going 8-for-9 from the free-throw line, while Cuervo added 11 points with a game-high three 3-pointers. The two returners were the only two double-figure scorers with Deon Rodgers leading the newcomers with nine point on a 4-for-6 shooting performance from the field. UT Tyler finished the game 16-for-21 from the free-throw line with Latigo Collins going 4-for-4 and scoring six points.

UT Tyler, which trailed 9-2 to start the game, battled back to tie the game at 13 with Rodgers scoring six inside points and Collins hitting a layup to cap an 11-4 Patriot run to tie the gam with 9:35 remaining in the half. The Patriots were unable to take the lead though and trailed 36-28 at halftime in a game where their only lead game at 2-0 with Gonzales hitting a jumper in the first minute of the season.

"We kept battling and fighting throughout the game but our inability to finish at the rim and finish possessions with a defensive rebound ultimately cost us," Copeland said. "We are going to keep getting better with our execution and willingness to compete.  They are a really fun group to coach."

Zach Behr led the Bulldogs with 17 points after going 6-for-13 from the field with two 3-pointers, while Sterling Holmes went for 15 points with eight of those coming from the free-throw line. The Patriots, who owned a 16-9 points-off-turnovers advantage, were held to a 35.9 shooting percentage on TLU’s home court where the Bulldogs shot 49.1 percent with a 28-for-57 team performance.

UT Tyler’s bench scored 36 of its 67 points with Cuervo and Rodgers leading the bench, while Ty Davis led the team with nine rebounds off the bench to go along with five points. Darryn York and Dadrian Taylor also went for five points and Demarcus Metcalf led the team with three steals to go along with three rebounds and four points. 

The Patriots will return to action at 7 p.m. on Monday with an exhibition game against Texas State at the Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos before playing at Southwestern on Saturday in their next official game. UT Tyler hosts its first game on Tuesday, Nov. 24 against Rust College at the Herrington Patriot Center.