@uttylermbb knocks off first ranked opponent in program history
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Texas Lutheran (7-3)
Texas-Tyler (6-3)
12/29/2015 | Tyler, TX (Patriot Center) | Attendance: 247
Texas Lutheran424284
Stats at a GlanceTLUUTT
FG Percentage.476 (30-63) .429 (27-63)
3P FG Percentage.462 (12-26) .455 (10-22)
FT Percentage.667 (12-18) .885 (23-26)
Offensive Rebounds128
Defensive Rebounds3027
Total Rebounds4235
Bench Points2624
Statistical LeadersTLUUTT
PointsZach Behr - 23
Demarcus Metcalf - 23
ReboundsZach Behr - 9
Melvin Anthony - 7
Demarcus Metcalf - 7
AssistsSterling Holmes - 5
Anthony Gonzales - 8
StealsSterling Holmes - 5
Dadrian Taylor - 3
Anthony Gonzales - 3
BlocksMatthew Gillette - 1
Aris Qadash Williams - 1
Zach Behr - 1
Ty Davis - 1
Anthony Gonzales - 1

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

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TYLER – Joey Cuervo and Dadrian Taylor hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the second half to quickly turn a four-point deficit into a UT Tyler lead that would hold for the Patriots who earned an 87-84 non-conference win over No. 25-ranked Texas Lutheran on Tuesday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (6-3) earned the first win over at top-25 program in their program history in the final game of the first day at the Christmas Classic after hitting 10 3-pointers and going on an 11-4 run in the final 1:45 to knock off the Bulldogs (7-3). UT Tyler was down eight at halftime after trailing by as many as 15 with 6:35 remaining in the first half, but would hit six 3-pointers in the second half and finished the game shooting 23-for-26 from the free-throw line.

“TLU was just making some ridiculous shots there in the first half and we were down 15, but we just kept battling,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “Basketball is a game of runs and we knew that if we kept battling that our run would come. I’m really proud of our resiliency and our team staying true to the process to beat a ranked opponent.”

Demarcus Metcalf recorded a career-best 23 points by going 8-for-14 from the field, 3-for-5 on 3-pointers and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to lead the Patriots, while Anthony Gonzales scored 20 point after going 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. Gonzales would add in a career-best eight assists, while Dadrian Taylor added 13 points by matching Metcalf with three 3-pointers. Taylor’s final shot gave the Patriots an 82-80 lead with 1:07 remaining in the game after Cuervo had hit his 3-pointer with 1:43 remaining. Cuervo would finish the game with six points on two 3-pointers, while Ty Davis also had two 3s and finished with 12 points.

The win avenged an 83-67 season-opening loss to TLU in Seguin by the Patriots and also snapped a two-game losing streak which followed a five-game winning streak. The Patriots are now 4-0 at home going into a 7:30 p.m. game against Southwestern on Wednesday in the final game of the Christmas Classic at the HPC.

“We enjoyed this one for about two minutes together in the locker room, but we have to put it behind us now but also build on it,” Copeland said. “Our focus is now on Southwestern, but we build on games like this. We can grow from being in a close game like this one and winning it. It’s good for our confidence to come back like that. Games like this prove to our guys that if they keep battling and believe in what we are trying to do we can reach our goals.”