PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB ready for 3-game home stand
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UMHB-MEN (7-4, 2-3)
UT Tyler (7-2, 2-2)
12/16/2017 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 375
UT Tyler484795
Stats at a GlanceUMHB-MENUTT
FG Percentage.514 (38-74) .583 (35-60)
3P FG Percentage.364 (8-22) .625 (15-24)
FT Percentage.750 (9-12) .625 (10-16)
Offensive Rebounds115
Defensive Rebounds1723
Total Rebounds2828
Bench Points235
Statistical LeadersUMHB-MENUTT
PointsSam Moore - 25
Melvin Anthony - 30
ReboundsJustin Gammill - 7
Melvin Anthony - 10
AssistsDemarius Cress - 8
Josh Tatum - 11
StealsSam Moore - 1
Justin Gammill - 1
LaKendric Hyson - 1
Brian Long - 1
Braden Hammond - 1
Melvin Anthony - 1
BlocksLaKendric Hyson - 2
Melvin Anthony - 3

Thursday, December 14, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team will host three games in four days starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday when the Patriots welcome Mary Hardin-Baylor to the Herrington Patriot Center for an American Southwest Conference contest before they play Colorado College on Sunday and Concordia on Tuesday. All fans who bring a toy to donate to the UT Tyler Police Department’s Toy & Supply drive on Saturday will get free admission and the donations will go to The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.

The Patriots (6-2, 1-2 ASC) are 2-0 at home this season and will look to bounce back from taking two road losses at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry in Abilene, while the Cru (6-3, 1-2 ASC) have won two straight going into a Thursday night game at Ozarks in Arkansas. The last time UT Tyler played at home they scored 110 points against Rhodes College which was the third most in program history and Emeka Obukwelu set the single-game scoring record with 43 points in the win. UT Tyler comes into this weekend leading the ASC in field goal percentage (50.9), assists per game (20), steals per game (9.3), total assists (160) and total steals (74). The team’s field goal percentage of 50.9 ranks 12th nationally, they are ninth in assists per game and the team is 15th in total assists.

Obukwelu leads the Patriots with 23 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while Anthony is averaging 18.8 points and 7.0 rebounds. A sophomore from Plano, Obukwelu has recording four double-doubles this season and is currently second in the nation with an 80.0 shooting percentage from the field after going 84-for-105 through eight games. He leads the ASC in rebounding and second in scoring coming into the game against UMHB on Saturday. He scored his career-high 43 points against Rhodes College by shooting 20-for-22 from the field and also grabbed 17 points in the historic performance. He is coming off scoring 18 points but was limited to a season-low two rebounds in the loss at McMurry. Anthony scored a season-best 26 points against the War Hawks in the loss and has two double-doubles this season. A senior from Killeen, Anthony leads the Patriots with 13 3-pointers and also has 23 assists and 12 steals.

Josh Tatum leads the ASC with 22 steals and 49 assists and is also adding 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Patriots. A senior guard from Keller, Tatum is 15th in the nation with 6.1 assists per game and 25th in total steals. Tatum owns the program’s single-game record with 12 assists in a game last season and had a season-best 10 assists and seven steals in the win over Rhodes. He scored a season-best 18 points and had nine assists in a win over Texas Lutheran.

Skyler Hadden and Frank round out a dynamic starting five for the Patriots with Hadden averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and Frank dishing out 2.1 assists and 6.0 points. Hadden is coming off a season-best 20 points and eight rebounds in the loss at McMurry where he was 6-for-9 from the field and also had three steals. Frank had a season-high 20 points and five assists in the win over Rhodes and has 17 assists for the season. Johnell Lane has emerged as a key reserve where he is averaging 11.0 points in the past five games. Lane scored a career-best 26 points and had seven rebounds in a road win over Ozarks where he hit six 3-pointers and also had 17 points with five 3-pointers in a road loss at HSU. Lane is 13-for-31 on 3-pointers (41.9 percent) and is also grabbing 3.6 rebounds per game. Chase Mason is adding 6.3 points per game, while Jamal Green-Gaskin and Davis Moore are just above three points per game.

UMHB plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Clarksville, Arkansas against Ozarks after winning home games over UT Dallas and Southwestern last weekend in Belton. The Cru are 2-2 away from home coming into the week, including ASC losses at LeTourneau and East Texas Baptist two weeks ago.

UT Tyler will host Colorado College in a non-conference game at 1 p.m. on Sunday before playing Concordia at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the HPC. The Patriots will then go on a holiday break before travelling to play at Hendrix College on Friday, Dec. 29 in Conway, Arkansas and then an ASC road trip to Howard Payne (Jan. 4, 2018) and Sul Ross (Jan. 6, 2018) in Alpine.