@uttylermbb falls in Longview to YellowJackets
Texas-Tyler (5-3, 2-2 ASC)
LeTourneau University (4-6, 2-2 ASC)
12/17/2015 | Longview, Texas (Solheim Arena) | Attendance: 193
LeTourneau University384583
Stats at a GlanceUTTLETU
FG Percentage.386 (22-57) .453 (29-64)
3P FG Percentage.222 (2-9) .417 (10-24)
FT Percentage.815 (22-27) .789 (15-19)
Offensive Rebounds912
Defensive Rebounds2529
Total Rebounds3441
Bench Points6818
Statistical LeadersUTTLETU
PointsDadrian Taylor - 19
Alec Colhoff - 20
ReboundsMelvin Anthony - 7
Giovanny Thompson - 12
AssistsDarryn York - 3
Jeff Martin - 8
StealsTy Davis - 1
Giovanny Thompson - 1
Jeff Martin - 1
CJ Edwards - 1
BlocksMelvin Anthony - 2
Caleb Loggins - 1
Giovanny Thompson - 1
Jeff Martin - 1

Thursday, December 17, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

LONGVIEW – UT Tyler suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season after falling 83-68 against LeTourneau on Thursday in an American Southwest Conference game at the Solheim Arena.

Dadrian Taylor led the Patriots (5-3, 2-2 ASC) with a career-high 19 points after going 13-for-16 from the free-throw line, while Anthony Gonzales went for 18 points by shooting 7-for-10 from the field. UT Tyler had been on a five-game winning streak before dropping a game at Hardin-Simmons on Monday and then to the YellowJackets (4-6, 2-2 ASC) in its final game before taking a 12-day break from competition during the holiday break. The Patriots will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29 against Texas Lutheran at the Herrington Patriot Center where they have rolled to a 3-0 record on their home court.

Taylor, who had scored 15 points in a win over Sul Ross in his only other double-figure scoring game of the season, found himself playing an increased role inside the lane where he would grab four rebounds to go along with getting to the free-throw line 16 times. Gonzales has now scored in double-figures in each of the first eight games of his senior season and leads the Patriots with 18.4 points per game. Gonzales has been money from the free-throw line all season, going 4-for-4 from the line on Thursday and is now 38-for-46 (82.6 percent).

Melvin Anthony joined the two Patriots in double-figures by going for 12 points and also adding seven rebounds, while Demarcus Metcalf had seven points and five rebounds. Anthony is now averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in his first season with the Patriots and Metcalf continues to lead the team with 6.0 rebounds per game to go along with his 10.8 points per contest.

Despite a season-best four blocked shot, led by Anthony who had two and Ty Davis and Darryn York who had one each, the Patriots were never unable to slow down or disrupt the Jackets who finished with 10 3-pointers, a 45.3 shooting percentage and only six turnovers. Alec Colhoff led LETU with 20 points after hitting four 3-pointers and CJ Edwards had 17 points on three 3-pointers. While the Jackets were on point from distance, the Patriots struggled at 2-for-9 from beyond the arc.

UT Tyler is now 2-3 on the road and is even with its 2-2 conference record after opening ASC play with wins over Howard Payne and Sul Ross. The Patriots will play their next three games at home Texas Lutheran (Dec. 29), Southwestern (Dec. 30) and a rematch against LETU (Jan. 4) before embarking on a five-game road trip.