RECAP: @UTTylerMBB improves to 5-0 with win at Ozarks
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UT Tyler (5-0, 1-0 ASC)
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University of the Ozarks (2-4, 0-1 ASC)
12/2/2017 | Clarksville, AR | Attendance: 210
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UT Tyler474794
University of the Ozarks442670
Stats at a GlanceUTTUO
FG Percentage.468 (37-79) .417 (25-60)
3P FG Percentage.419 (13-31) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.500 (7-14) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds1713
Defensive Rebounds2624
Total Rebounds4337
Turnovers616
Steals113
Bench Points5131
Statistical LeadersUTTUO
PointsJohnell Lane - 26
Dylan Gray - 18
ReboundsMelvin Anthony - 12
Dylan Gray - 6
Bryson Johnson - 6
AssistsJosh Tatum - 6
Bryson Johnson - 5
StealsJohnell Lane - 4
Dylan Gray - 2
BlocksMelvin Anthony - 1
Kaelin Love - 1
Cory Wilhelm - 1

Saturday, December 2, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team is 5-0 to start a season for the first time in program history after going on the road and earning a 94-70 win over Ozarks on Saturday in its American Southwest Conference opener at the Mabee Gymnasium.

Johnell Lane led the Patriots with 26 points and added seven rebounds, while Melvin Anthony recorded his first double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Patriots (5-0, 1-0 ASC) are back in action quickly with a 3 p.m. game on Sunday against Rhodes College in a non-conference contest at the Herrington Patriot Center before returning to ASC play next week with road games at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry.  

“Our ability to guard the ball in the second half stood out to me,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “That was an area we struggled with in the first half, we made some defensive halftime adjustments that our guys executed very well in the second half to improve in that area. We want to focus on winning every possession, regardless of time or score. When we commit to doing that we usually end up having the results we want.”

Lane, a sophomore in his first season at UT Tyler from Gonzales, Louisiana, came off the bench and scored his first points as a Patriot in the game after having appeared for only four minutes in Tuesday’s win over Texas Lutheran in his only playing time this season. He would finish the game shooting 10-for-20, including hitting six 3-pointers which ties 16 other UT Tyler performances for the second most in program history. Former Patriot Brandon Weasby hit eight 3-pointers in a game against McMurry back in 2005 for the program record and Chris Rios hit six in 2015 for the most recent game with six 3s.

“We talk all the time about detaching yourself from outcomes and just falling in love with the daily work and process of becoming your best version of yourself.  Johnell has prepared in a way that enabled him to perform the way he did tonight. Johnell is a great person and a really good player that we are blessed to have as a part of our family. He is a long, athletic guard who can really shoot it and rebound out of his area.”

Anthony followed a 23-point performance in Tuesday’s win over TLU with his season-best 24 on Saturday against Ozarks where he hit eight shots and also six free throws. A senior from Killeen, Anthony hit two of UT Tyler’s 13 3-pointers, while Skyler Hadden went for 11 points to give the Patriots three double-figure scorers. Josh Tatum led the Patriots with six assists and also added five rebounds and two steals and Emeka Obukwelu had six points and three rebounds. Davis Moore added two 3-pointers and finished with six points, while Chase Mason hit one 3-pointer. Jamal Green-Gaskin provided strong play from the bench with seven points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.

UT Tyler led the game 47-44 at halftime with Lane at 15 points and the team having already hit eight 3-pointers before pulling away by shooting 47.4 percent in the second half and owning a 29-20 rebounding advantage in the final 20 minutes. The Patriots finished the game shooting 46.8 percent and limited Ozarks to 41.0 percent on its home court, while also only having six turnovers in the game. UT Tyler would own a 25-2 points-off-turnover advantage in the game and a 51-31 bench scoring margin, most coming from Lane’s 26-point performance.

UT Tyler will play Hardin-Simmons at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and McMurry at 4 p.m. next Saturday in Abilene before playing at home against on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. in the HPC.