RECAP: Obukwelu leads Patriots to 86-68 win over Southwestern
UT Tyler (2-0)
Southwestern (1-1)
11/18/2017 | Georgetown, Texas | Attendance: 218
UT Tyler365086
Stats at a GlanceUTTSUMBB
FG Percentage.493 (34-69) .288 (21-73)
3P FG Percentage.458 (11-24) .267 (8-30)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .750 (18-24)
Offensive Rebounds1222
Defensive Rebounds3423
Total Rebounds4645
Bench Points1641
Statistical LeadersUTTSUMBB
PointsEmeka Obukwelu - 26
Ryan Wheeler - 17
ReboundsEmeka Obukwelu - 16
Brandon Alexander - 9
AssistsJosh Tatum - 5
Ryan Ogden - 6
StealsSkyler Hadden - 2
Josh Tatum - 2
Trenton Garrett - 3
BlocksEmeka Obukwelu - 1
Josh Tatum - 1

Saturday, November 18, 2017

GEORGETOWN – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team completed a two-game road trip to start the season with a pair of wins after earning an 86-68 non-conference win over Southwestern on Saturday with Emeka Obukwelu recording a double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Patriots at the Robertson Center.

“I thought our effort on the defensive end was at a really high level today,” UT Tyler coach Jamon Copeland said. “When we get stops it enables us to get out and be able to play in transition which is a strength of ours. We also did a great job offensively of moving the ball, giving up good shots for great shots. When everyone is touching it there is a bigger collective buy in from the group on both ends.”

The Patriots (2-0) were coming off a win over Texas Lutheran on Thursday, while the Pirates (1-1) split their openers after beginning their season with a win over Hardin-Simmons on Thursday. UT Tyler jumped out quick for the second straight game with a double-digit lead at 15-4 just five minutes into the game with four players scoring and took a 36-31 halftime lead despite SU tying the game on three occasions after the early deficit. The Patriots hit eight of their 11 3-pointers in the second half, including a Davis Moore 3-pointer that gave the Patriots a 69-58 lead with 4:34 to play in a game that never got back down to single digits. UT Tyler outscored SU by a 50-37 margin in the final 20 minutes by shooting 57.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and also going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.  

Obukwelu scored 18 of his 26 points and grabbed 12 of his 16 rebounds in the second half to secure his second straight double-double to start the season. He started the year with 28 points and 13 rebounds in the win over TLU before going 12-for-17 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line. A sophomore from Plano, he also had two assists and a block. Melvin Anthony added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots in the win, while Skyler Hadden had 12 points and Cameron Frank 10 for four UT Tyler players in double-figures.

UT Tyler finished the game against the Pirates shooting 49.3 percent from the field and was 11-for-24 on 3-pointers. Frank, Anthony, Hadden and Davis Moore each had two 3-pointers in the game and Josh Tatum , Xavier Fogle and Chase Mason had one each. Tatum led the team with five assists and also had five rebounds to go along with his eight points, while Hadden contributed six rebounds for the Patriots who limited Southwestern to 28.8 percent shooting in its home gymnasium.

Southwestern was 21-for-73 from the field, including an 8-for-30 performance from beyond the arc. Ryan Wheeler led the Pirates with 17 points with three 3-pointers and Brandon Alexander added 14 points and nine rebounds.

“I thought our ability to attack inside–out offensively and at the same time make Southwestern primarily a jump shooting team was the difference in the game,” Copeland said. “They are a really tough, hard-nosed, well coached team that we were fortunate to beat.”

The 2-0 start is only the third time in program history that the Patriots have opened a season with two wins and the first since the 2012-13 season when they had the best start with four straight wins.

UT Tyler is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Sherman to play Austin College at 3 p.m. at the Hughey Gymnasium. The Patriots will then host their home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 28 against TLU at the Herrington Patriot Center.