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UT Tyler (15-9, 8-7 ASC)
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Univ. of the Ozarks (8-16, 2-13 ASC)
2/16/2017 | Clarksville, Ark. | Attendance: 210
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UT Tyler533487
Univ. of the Ozarks375794
Stats at a GlanceUTTMUO
FG Percentage.452 (33-73) .541 (33-61)
3P FG Percentage.182 (4-22) .385 (10-26)
FT Percentage.680 (17-25) .720 (18-25)
Offensive Rebounds216
Defensive Rebounds2625
Total Rebounds4731
Turnovers910
Steals67
Bench Points1544
Statistical LeadersUTTMUO
PointsJordan Francis - 29
Josh Berard - 34
ReboundsJordan Francis - 9
Alan Long - 9
Dylan Gray - 11
AssistsMelvin Anthony - 4
Jace Richardson - 8
StealsMelvin Anthony - 2
Skyler Hadden - 2
Josh Berard - 3
BlocksPete Barber - 1
Jace Richardson - 1

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Postseason seeding is on the line this week for the UT Tyler men’s basketball team which has already secured a berth to the American Southwest Conference tournament going in the regular-season finales at Ozarks on Thursday and UT Dallas on Saturday.

The Patriots (15-8, 8-6 ASC) are two games behind LeTourneau (10-4 ASC) in the ASC East Division standings and one game ahead of UT Dallas (7-7) with two games to play. UT Tyler would tie the YellowJackets for the ASC East Division title with two wins and two losses from LETU, but LeTourneau has already secured the right to host next week’s tournament with two wins over the Patriots this season. UT Tyler, which earned home wins over Ozarks and UT Dallas in the first meetings of the year, will be making its first postseason appearance in two seasons.

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Jordan Francis leads the Patriots with 14.0 points per game and has also added 28 assists and 26 steals. A senior from DeSoto, Francis is in his first season at UT Tyler and scored a career-best 38 points at LeTourneau in mid-December. Melvin Anthony leads the Patriots with 7.3 rebounds per game and is scoring 12.9 points per game. Anthony has a team-leading five double-doubles while Francis has two. Anthony had 30 points and 15 rebounds in a triple overtime win over Hardin-Simmons and also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 79-76 win over UT Dallas in the first matchup between the two teams.

Josh Tatum established a single-game program record with 12 assists last Thursday against Belhaven and leads the team with 71 assists this season. A junior from Keller, Tatum is scoring 7.3 points per game and also has 26 steals from the point guard position. Verlo Levels is adding 8.9 points and 3.7 rebounds, while senior Skyler Hadden is at 8.9 points per game after leading the Patriots with 17 points against Belhaven. A junior from Waco, Hadden scored a career-best 25 points against Concordia. Tyler Jacobs and Emeka Obukwelu are adding 6.5 points per game and Alan Long and Anthony are just over five points per game for a deep team.

UT Tyler is 5-5 away from home this season and is averaging 79 points per game. The team is one of the best defensive units by limiting teams to 73.3 points per game. The Patriots are coming off a season-best 62.1 shooting percentage against the Blazers and are shooting 46.5 percent for the year. UT Dallas (10-13, 7-7 ASC) are on a seven-game winning streak going into its game on Thursday at LeTourneau, while Ozarks (7-16, 1-13 ASC) is on a five-game losing streak with the Patriots coming to Clarksville, Arkansas.

SCHOOL CONF CPCT. OVERALL PCT. STREAK
East Division
LeTourneau 10-4 0.714 18-5 0.783 W2
UT Tyler 8-6 0.571 15-8 0.652 W1
UT Dallas 7-7 0.500 10-13 0.435 W7
East Texas Baptist 6-10 0.375 14-10 0.583 L1
Louisiana College 5-11 0.313 8-14 0.364 W1
Univ. of Ozarks 1-13 0.071 7-16 0.304 L5
Belhaven # 0-0 0.000 4-19 0.174 L3
West Division
Concordia Texas 11-3 0.786 17-6 0.739 W7
Hardin-Simmons 11-3 0.786 17-6 0.739 W2
Mary Hardin-Baylor 8-6 0.571 15-8 0.652 W2
Howard Payne 8-7 0.533 12-11 0.522 L3
Sul Ross State 8-7 0.533 12-12 0.500 L2
McMurry % 4-10 0.286 9-14 0.391 L1

# Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Provisional)
% Ineligible for 2017 ASC Championship/NCAA Championship (Div. III Reclassifying)