|Stats at a Glance||UTTM||ETBU|
|FG Percentage||.400 (24-60)||.615 (32-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.500 (5-10)|
|FT Percentage||.923 (12-13)||.438 (7-16)|
Tyler Jacobs - 11
- 7||Will Thomas
Jordan Quillan - 6
Landin Brown - 6
Josh Tatum - 3
- 3||Jordan Gray
Landin Brown - 2
Jordan Quillan - 1
Jordan Gosey - 1
Thursday, February 2, 2017
MARSHALL – A 14-point halftime deficit was reduced to four by UT Tyler but ultimately proved to be too much to overcome as the Patriots had a six-game winning streak end with a 76-66 loss to East Texas Baptist on Thursday at the Ornelas Gym.
UT Tyler (14-7, 8-5 ASC) remains in second place in the ASC East Division standings, while ETBU is now 5-7 in ASC play after evening the season series with the Patriots who earned a 92-78 win over the Tigers last Saturday in Tyler.
UT Tyler was down 46-32 at halftime with ETBU shooting 64.5 percent from the field, including hitting four 3-pointers. The Patriots were out to a fast start leading 19-11 after a Josh Tatum 3-pointer and Skyler Hadden jumper and took a 25-19 lead 10 minutes into the game when Jovan Yancy made a layup. The Tigers would respond though with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes before Hadden hit a 3-pointer to stop the drought and cut ETBU’s new-found lead to 32-28 with 5:14 on the clock in the first half. ETBU would continue its momentum though with a 14-4 run to close out the half.
Despite being down 14 at halftime, UT Tyler made it a game and quickly cut into the deficit with Verlo Levels hitting two 3-pointers between layups by Tyler Jacobs and a pair of shots by Anthony Sanders. Just six minutes into the second half it was down to a 54-48 game with Levels hitting a pair of free throws and was at 54-50 with Jacobs hitting an inside shot. With momentum seemingly shifting, ETBU would score four quick points and the game never got closer as the Patriots took their first loss in the past six games.
Jacobs and Hadden led the Patriots with 11 points each, while Levels went for 10 points with eight of them coming in the second half. Jacobs was 4-for-5 from the field and hit all three of his free throws and Hadden knocked down five shots, including the early 3-pointer. Melvin Anthony led the Patriots with seven points, but was limited to five points on a 2-for-10 shooting performance. Jordan Francis was also held in check by the Tigers with the Patriots’ season-leading scorer being limited to six points after going 1-for-7 from the field.
UT Tyler finished the game shooting 24-for-60 from the field (40 percent) and was 12 of 13 at the free-throw line. The Patriots are shooting an impressive 70 percent from the free-throw line this season, but they couldn’t stay with ETBU on Thursday with the Tigers shooting 32-for-52 from the field (61.5 percent). Jordan Quillan led the Tigers with 18 points by going 9-for-9 from the field, while Jordan Gray hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.
UT Tyler fell to 5-4 in road games this season and will now play at 3 p.m. on Saturday against Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.