Metcalf, Gonzales lead @uttylerMBB to road win
Texas-Tyler (11-11)
Belhaven (2-20)
2/11/2016 | Jackson, Miss. | Attendance: 362
Stats at a GlanceUTTBU
FG Percentage.538 (28-52) .519 (27-52)
3P FG Percentage.462 (6-13) .421 (8-19)
FT Percentage.816 (31-38) .793 (23-29)
Offensive Rebounds117
Defensive Rebounds2115
Total Rebounds3222
Bench Points2119
Statistical LeadersUTTBU
PointsDemarcus Metcalf - 27
De'la Mayers - 27
ReboundsDemarcus Metcalf - 10
DaJuan Young - 5
AssistsAnthony Gonzales - 9
Jack Griffiths - 5
StealsAnthony Gonzales - 4
Dyron Anderson - 1
Josh Gaskin - 1
Jack Griffiths - 1
Fred Douglas - 1
BlocksDe'la Mayers - 1
Josh Gaskin - 1

Thursday, February 11, 2016
by Logan Smoak ||

JACKSON, Miss – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team defeated Belhaven University 94-85 in a road game where two Patriots broke their own personal bests. Demarcus Metcalf led the team with 27 points with Anthony Gonzales Jr. not far behind, scoring 23 of his own. The team improved to 11-11 overall and 4-10 in American Southwest Conference play.

“Belhaven really tries to disrupt your offensive flow by running multiple defenses throughout the game,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “They want to slow you down by making you think about what type of defense they are in. We did a really good job of recognizing the defense they were in, and getting in the right offensive set quickly so we still had ample time to attack their defense. We also really controlled the game on the glass, outrebounding BU by 10 and rebounding 46 percent of our misses.”

Metcalf’s 27 points broke his personal record for points scored in a game. His performance in tonight’s contest beat out his previous career high of 23 points which he had done earlier this season at Concordia and again against Texas Lutheran at home. Metcalf, who is leading the team in double-doubles grabbed his fourth one on the season, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with his 27 points. Earlier in the season he scored 10 points/14 rebounds vs. HPU; 14 points/12 rebounds vs. LeTourneau and 14 points/12 rebounds vs. Arlington Baptist with tonight being his most commanding performance to date. Metcalf tied for leading scorer of the night with De’la Mayers scoring 27 points for the Blazers.

Gonzales scored 23 points, 15 of which came off of free throws. Gonzales went 15-17 from the charity stripe for the Patriots and also contributed nine assists, topping his previous career-best of eight assists earlier this season against Texas Lutheran. 11 assists is the program record and has been in place since 2004 where Eric Simmons set it against LeTourneau.

“Both Demarcus and Anthony had great games for us tonight,” Copeland said. “They were constantly attacking the rim and putting pressure on the defense. Demarcus did a great job on the glass for us (10 rebounds) and Anthony did a great job of being a playmaker and setting up his teammates when he drew two defenders. Latigo Collins and Ty Davis hit huge 3's for us down the stretch when Belhaven was making a run to extend our lead and give us some breathing room."

The Patriots led in almost every category with the biggest difference being in total rebounds, the team was able to out-rebound the Blazers 32-22 leading to second chance baskets swinging in UT Tyler’s favor. The Blazers wouldn’t see a lead change past the first half, inching within two before the Patriots would kick it up again with the largest lead being up by 12 points.

Also contributing for the Patriots, Deon Rogers scored 12, Melvin Anthony 9 with Latigo Collins and Ty Davis knocking in 8 a piece.

The Patriots will look for a non-conference win against Rust College Saturday in Holly Springs, Mississippi before returning to ASC play where the will host Ozarks on February 18th at the Herrington Patriot Center.