Gonzales, Metcalf lead @uttylermbb to third straight win
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HPU (0-6)
Texas-Tyler (3-1)
12/3/2015 | Tyler, TX | Attendance: 254
Stats at a GlanceHPUUTT
FG Percentage.288 (15-52) .298 (17-57)
3P FG Percentage.353 (6-17) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.606 (20-33) .567 (17-30)
Offensive Rebounds1521
Defensive Rebounds3235
Total Rebounds4756
Bench Points1314
Statistical LeadersHPUUTT
PointsRickey Guillory - 17
Anthony Gonzales - 27
ReboundsTEAM - 14
TEAM - 18
AssistsRickey Guillory - 4
Demarcus Metcalf - 3
Dyonne Luke - 3
StealsJ Bailey - 4
Demarcus Metcalf - 3
BlocksRickey Guillory - 2
Melvin Anthony - 4

Thursday, December 3, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Anthony Gonzales exploded for 23 second-half points to lead the UT Tyler men’s basketball team to a 59-56 win over Howard Payne on Thursday in the Patriots’ American Southwest Conference opener at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (3-1) are on a three-game winning streak and are unbeaten at home this season after knocking off the YellowJackets who fell to 0-6 with the loss. UT Tyler overcame a slow start where it was limited to 17 points in the first 20 minutes after shooting 5-for-28 from the field, but found their spark in the second half in Gonzales who hit four 3-pointers in the second half and finished with a game-high 27 points. A senior from Killeen, Gonzales now has scored 28 and 27 points in the past two games and is averaging 21.5 points per game this season and matched a career-best with his four 3-pointers. He also hit four 3-pointers last season against Texas-Dallas.

“I thought we played really well defensively in the first half, we just couldn’t buy a bucket on the offensive end,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “I joked with Coach Drummond at halftime that the first team to 40 would win the game. That was a great win for us.  Anytime you shoot 29% from the field and still come out with a win, that says a lot about your team’s grittiness and toughness.  We defended and rebounded at an extremely high level which enabled us to get the win.  I thought the key to the game was that we rebounded 52% of our misses which enabled us to get some huge 2nd chance points since we were shooting it so bad.”

The Patriots, who trailed 19-17 at halftime, would bounce back from the sluggish start by shooting 41 percent in the second half and hitting six 3-pointers. Demarcus Metcalf hit two of those 3-pointers to go along with the four from Gonzales as the Patriots outscored HPU 42-37 in the second half and survived a scare as Volney Willis nearly hit a 3-point buzzer-beater which would have forced overtime.

Metcalf finished the game with a double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 points, while Ja’Carre Crockett had eight points. Metcalf’s double-double is the first for a Patriot this season.

“Anthony and DeMarcus both had great games for us,” Copeland said .”DeMarcus was a monster on the glass, really keeping us in the game when shots weren’t falling for us with his 5 offensive rebounds.  2nd chance points are huge plays and DeMarcus gave us several of those.  Anthony really got going for us in the 2nd half which we desperately needed since we were not shooting the ball well.  Once he got going, our confidence really increased as a unit.”

The Patriots will look to extend their winning streak to four on Saturday when they host Sul Ross at 3 p.m. at the Herrington Patriot Center before going on a three-game road trip.