Gonzales goes for 28 in @uttylerMBB win over Rust
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Rust College (0-1)
UT Tyler (2-1)
11/24/2015 | Tyler, TX | Attendance: 283
Rust College454085
UT Tyler425799
Stats at a GlanceRCUTTEX
FG Percentage.523 (34-65) .550 (33-60)
3P FG Percentage.333 (4-12) .375 (6-16)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .844 (27-32)
Offensive Rebounds1514
Defensive Rebounds1822
Total Rebounds3336
Bench Points2837
Statistical LeadersRCUTTEX
PointsAllen Potts - 24
Anthony Gonzales - 28
ReboundsAllen Potts - 8
Melvin Anthony - 8
AssistsCurtis Stuckey - 5
Ty Davis - 3
Demarcus Metcalf - 3
StealsLaDarius Watts - 2
Anthony Gonzales - 4
BlocksAllen Potts - 2
Melvin Anthony - 1
Ja'Carre Crockett - 1

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Anthony Gonzales scored 28 points and had four steals to help lead UT Tyler to a 99-85 non-conference win over Rust College in its Herrington Patriot Center opener on Tuesday. The Patriots (2-1) shot 55 percent from the field, hit 27 free throws and withstood a first-half charge from the Bearcats to earn their second straight win in their highest scoring game of the season.

“I felt like we competed really hard the last 10 minutes of the game,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “When our energy and communication from both the bench and the court were remarkably better we preformed better.  It just goes to show how important input from every player on our team is. With conference starting next week we'll need to string together 40 minutes like that.”

Gonzales led a group of nine UT Tyler scorers on Tuesday after he went 9-for-15 from the field with one 3-pointer to go along with shooting 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. Ja’Carre Crocket added 17 points on a 6-for-8 shooting performance, while Deon Rodgers added 13 and Melvin Anthony 11 for the Patriots inside the paint to account for four double-figure scorers in the 99-point game. Anthony led the team with eight rebounds and Rodgers added six more for the Patriots who owned a 36-33 rebounding advantage over Rust. Gonzales scored 34 points last season against Concordia last season and matched his career-best with nine free throws on Tuesday against the Bearcats. He also hit nine free throws last season against Howard Payne. The Patriots owned a 48-34 advantage in points inside the paint and outscored Rust 14-2 on fast breaks and 26-19 off turnovers. The first half was close throughout with 13 lead changes in the first half and the game going to halftime with the Bearcats leading 45-42 after Allen Potts hit a layup with 31 seconds remaining. The Patriots shot 15-for-30 from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but saw Rust come out and shoot 18-for-30 with four 3-pointers to take the lead.

UT Tyler would fall behind by as many as eight points in the early stages of the second half before going on a run that was sparked by a Dyonne Luke 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 61-58 with 14:01 to play. The Patriots would tie the game at 61 when Demarcus Metcalf made a steal, hit a layup and then made a free throw. Another old-fashion three-point play by Gonzales gave the Patriots a 64-63 lead. The lead would flip flop for a couple of possessions before UT Tyler went on a 7-0 run and were suddenly up by nine at 86-77 when Ja’Carre Crockett hit a layup. Gonzales, who was the star of the night, capped the game with a layup with 36 seconds remaining as the Patriots won their second straight game and opened their home schedule with the 14-point victory.

“The play that stands out in my mind that really changed the course of the game was the play at half court with multiple 50-50 balls,” Copeland said. “We have three or 4 guys diving after loose balls. We end up with it. DeMarcus finishes the possession with a lay up and gets fouled converting a three-point play. I thought up until that point in the game our energy was okay at best. After that play the way we competed and our energy was markedly better.”

UT Tyler started a three-game home stand with the victory over Rust and will now host Howard Payne on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Sul Ross on Dec. 5.