RECAP: @UTTylerMBB knocks off UTD in Richardson
UT Tyler (13-4, 6-4 ASC)
Texas Dallas (9-6, 5-3 ASC)
11/18/2018 | Richardson, Texas (UTD Activity Center) | Attendance: 525
UT Tyler274673
Texas Dallas322759
Stats at a GlanceUTTUTD
FG Percentage.435 (27-62) .353 (24-68)
3P FG Percentage.364 (8-22) .158 (3-19)
FT Percentage.647 (11-17) .533 (8-15)
Offensive Rebounds1118
Defensive Rebounds2828
Total Rebounds3946
Bench Points1028
Statistical LeadersUTTUTD
PointsJosh Tatum - 20
Dimitrius Underwood - 15
ReboundsEmeka Obukwelu - 10
Dimitrius Underwood - 14
AssistsJosh Tatum - 4
Dimitrius Underwood - 4
StealsJosh Tatum - 4
Curtis Allen - 2
BlocksSkyler Hadden - 4
Reagan Keogh - 1
Hans Burwitz - 1
Kelden Pruitt - 1

Thursday, January 18, 2018

RICHARDSON – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team snapped a nine-game losing streak against UT Dallas in Richardson with a 73-59 win on Thursday at the UTD Activity center where the Patriots outscored the Comets by 19 points in the second half.

The Patriots (13-4, 6-4 ASC) improved to 7-3 on the road and won in Richardson for the first time since Jan. 28, 2008 when that team earned an 87-47 win. Down five at halftime in the American Southwest Conference game, UT Tyler would shoot 53.1 percent from the field and 6-for-11 on 3-pointers in the second half while the Comets (9-6, 5-3 ASC) were limited to 30.3 percent from the field and were 2-for-10 on 3-pointers as the Patriots pulled away.

“We did a much better job of moving the ball and getting side changes in the second half,” UT Tyler coach Jamon Copeland said. “When the ball doesn't stick, it makes you much tougher to guard.”

UT Tyler senior Josh Tatum led the Patriots with 20 points, four steals and four assists, while Emeka Obukwelu recorded his eighth double-double of the season by going for 19 points and 10 rebounds. Johnell Lane would hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and five rebounds and Chase Mason led the reserves with 10 points on two 3-pointers and a pair of layups. All 10 of Mason’s points came in the second half, while Skyler Hadden had nine points and five rebounds.

Obukwelu scored 14 of his points and had six of his rebounds in the second half, while Tatum had 11 of his points in the second half. Obukwelu was 8-for-16 from the field and now leads the Patriots with 20.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Tatum’s four assists takes his season total to 97 which breaks the UT Tyler single-season record previously held by Larry Ware from the 2008-09 season. He has 174 assists in his career which is approaching Ware’s career record of 207.

“Josh is a great person, worker, and leader for us,” Copeland said. “He made big play after big play tonight to help us pull out a big win over a really tough opponent.”

UT Tyler trailed 32-27 at halftime after being limited to 33 percent shooting, including going 2-for-11 on 3-pointers. The game remained close though with UTD going 1-for-9 from beyond the arc. Tatum led the Patriots with nine points at halftime with Hadden adding eight and Obukwelu with five points and four rebounds through 20 minutes.

UT Tyler will return to action next week with road games against East Texas Baptist on Thursday, Jan. 25 in Marshall and at LeTourneau on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Longview. The Patriots will the play four home games in a row, starting with a Thursday, Feb. 1 game against LeTourneau.