PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB set for home opener on Tuesday
Texas Lutheran (2-3)
UT Tyler (4-0)
11/28/2017 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 450
Texas Lutheran362965
UT Tyler315384
Stats at a GlanceTLU-MENUTT
FG Percentage.388 (26-67) .567 (34-60)
3P FG Percentage.286 (6-21) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .727 (8-11)
Offensive Rebounds105
Defensive Rebounds1830
Total Rebounds2835
Bench Points168
Statistical LeadersTLU-MENUTT
PointsNathan Josephs - 20
Melvin Anthony - 23
ReboundsNathan Josephs - 6
Melvin Anthony - 8
AssistsAlex Cage - 3
Matthew Gillette - 3
Nathan Josephs - 3
Jacob Kouremetis - 3
Josh Tatum - 9
StealsAlex Cage - 2
Caleb Lister - 2
Shawn Hamilton - 2
Josh Tatum - 5
BlocksAustin Dotson - 1
Shawn Hamilton - 1
Skyler Hadden - 1

Monday, November 27, 2017

TYLER – With a 3-0 record after starting the season with three wins on the road, the UT Tyler men’s basketball team will play its home opener against Texas Lutheran at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Herrington Patriot Center in a contest sponsored by Smoothie King.

The Patriots and Bulldogs (2-2) will be playing for the second time after UTT opened the season with a 78-76 season-opening win on Nov. 16 in Seguin. UT Tyler also has road wins over Southwestern and is coming off a 92-81 win at Austin College in its only game of the Thanksgiving break.

The Patriots will open American Southwest Conference play against Ozarks at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Clarksville, Arkansas and are currently the only ASC team without a loss on their early-season resume. UT Tyler will also host Rhodes College at 3 p.m. on Sunday in a non-conference game after returning from Arkansas.

Emeka Obukwelu is leading the Patriots this season with three double-doubles to start his sophomore season. A Plano native, Obukwelu scored 28 points and had 13 rebounds in the season-opener at TLU and is coming off a 27/12 performance against AC. He also had 26 points and a career-best 16 rebounds at Southwestern to come into Tuesday’s HPC opener averaging 27 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. Obukwelu, who was named the ASC East Division Player of the Week last Monday, averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game during his freshman season without a double-double. He is shooting a staggering 77.1 percent from the field (37-for-48).

Along with Obukwelu, the Patriots have three more players averaging in double figures with Melvin Anthony at 12.0 points per game, Chase Mason scoring 10.3 per and Skyler Hadden contributing 10.0 in their senior seasons. Anthony is also adding 6.3 rebounds per game and has 10 assists and five steals. Josh Tatum leads the team with 19 assists and is adding 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while Cameron Frank is it 6.3 points per game and has seven assists through three wins.

UT Tyler is shooting 48.3 percent from the field this season and is limiting its opponents to 34.9 percent on their home court to get off to the 3-0 start. The Patriots have hit 26 3-pointers (38.2 percent) to help boost their points per game average to 85.3, including a 117-90 first-half scoring advantage in the first three games.

Texas Lutheran has won its last two games after starting the season with losses to UT Tyler and Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Bulldogs are coming off an 82-74 win over Hardin-Simmons and a 67-63 victory over McMurry last Saturday in a pair of games in Seguin. Nathan Josephs leads TLU with 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, including going for 17 points in the season-opener against the Patriots. Jackson Willoughby scored 19 points against the Patriots in the opener and is averaging 11.0 points, while Sebastian Andrade is at 9.3 points and Alex Cage at 9.0 points per game entering Tuesday’s non-conference rematch. TLU, which will play a total of 11 games against ASC opponents this season, but will take on a pair of NCAA Division I opponents after the Patriots by playing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend and Incarnate Word next week. TLU is the three-time defending Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champions.