PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB back home to play LETU, ETBU
LeTourneau (17-3, 11-2)
UT Tyler (13-7, 6-7)
2/1/2018 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 425
UT Tyler394786
Stats at a Glance17LETU-MUTT
FG Percentage.433 (29-67) .486 (35-72)
3P FG Percentage.333 (8-24) .158 (3-19)
FT Percentage.844 (27-32) .650 (13-20)
Offensive Rebounds1414
Defensive Rebounds2826
Total Rebounds4240
Bench Points2310
Statistical Leaders17LETU-MUTT
PointsNate West - 20
Emeka Obukwelu - 33
ReboundsChristian Seidl - 15
Emeka Obukwelu - 11
AssistsNate West - 6
Josh Tatum - 11
StealsNate West - 3
Josh Tatum - 3
BlocksCaleb Loggins - 1
Skyler Hadden - 1
Omar Mohamed - 1
Johnell Lane - 1

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team will look to avenge a pair of road losses from last week when it hosts LeTourneau at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and East Texas Baptist at 4 p.m. on Saturday to begin a four-game American Southwest Conference home stand at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (13-6, 6-6 ASC) are currently 6-1 on their home court this season and are eighth in the nation with a 50.4 shooting percentage and ninth with 359 total assists. UT Tyler, which will look to avoid its only three-game losing streak of the season, leads the ASC in both categories and are also tops in the conference in assists per game (18.9) and second in with a 38.8 3-point percentage. UTT took a heartbreaking 80-79 loss to ETBU (16-3, 10-2 ASC) in Marshall last Thursday with the Tigers hitting a last second 3-pointer for the win before falling 101-78 against LeTourneau (16-3, 10-2 ASC) on Saturday in Longview. The YellowJackets will travel to Tyler on a four-game winning streak, while ETBU will play Ozarks on Thursday before making its way to the HPC. They are currently on an ASC-best five-game winning streak.

LeTourneau and ETBU are atop the ASC East Division standings with the Tigers owning the tiebreak at the moment after securing a 96-93 win in the first meeting that was played in Longview.

Emeka Obukwelu leads the ASC with eight double-doubles, a 70.8 shooting percentage and 170 total field goals made, while point guard Josh Tatum leads the conference with 5.6 assists per game and 106 total assists. Obukwelu is averaging 19.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Patriots in his sophomore season and is coming off scoring 16 points in the loss at LeTourneau. He has scored in double figures in 18 of 19 games this season, including a UT Tyler single-game record with 43 points and 17 rebounds in a trouncing of Rhodes College. Tatum has established himself as one of the top guards in the nation with his assist total and 10.9 points per game and 34 total steals. He’s scored in double figures in 11 games this season and has an 11-assist performance against Mary Hardin-Baylor and 10 assists against Rhodes on his senior season resume. He owns the single-game record with 12 assists last year and currently has 107 assists this season and has 184 in his two years as UT Tyler which is the third most in program history. His 107 are the most in a single-season and he is only behind Michael Johnson who had 191 assists from 2008-11 and Larry Ware’s 209 in 2006-09 for the career record.

UT Tyler senior Skyler Hadden is adding 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Patriots, while Melvin Anthony is at 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Hadden is coming off a week where he scored a career-high 27 points at ETBU and then had 18 points and eight rebounds at LeTourneau. A senior from Waco, Hadden is shooting 51.9 percent from the field this season and is second on the team with 24 steals. Johnell Lane has started the past 11 games and is averaging 12.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. In his first season with the Patriots, he’s leading the team with 42 3-pointers and is shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. Lane scored a career-high with 26 points at Ozarks and also scored 20 points against UMHB, Howard Payne and Louisiana College. He’s had two games with six 3-pointers, including the career night at Ozarks and the game against UMHB where he was 6-for-9 on 3-pointers.

Xavier Fogle, Chase Mason and Cameron Frank are each averaging over five points per game, while Davis Moore is adding 4.1 points per game in his sophomore season. Fogle played the first 16 games as a reserve, but has started the past three. He’s coming off scoring 12 points against LeTourneau and grabbing a career-high eight rebounds at ETBU.


UT Tyler will also host Ozarks on Monday at the HPC before playing UT Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 10 in its final home game of the regular season. The Patriots will complete the regular season on the road against Belhaven and Louisiana College.

East Division
East Texas Baptist 10-2 0.833 16-3 0.842 W5
LeTourneau 10-2 0.833 16-3 0.842 W4
UT Dallas 9-3 0.750 13-6 0.684 W4
UT Tyler 6-6 0.500 13-6 0.684 L2
Louisiana College 2-10 0.167 4-13 0.235 L1
Belhaven 2-10 0.167 4-15 0.211 W1
Ozarks 1-11 0.083 3-16 0.158 L12
West Division
Sul Ross State 10-2 0.833 15-5 0.750 W1
Mary Hardin-Baylor 7-5 0.583 14-6 0.700 L1
Concordia Texas 7-5 0.583 13-7 0.650 L1
McMurry 5-7 0.417 7-12 0.368 W3
Hardin-Simmons 5-7 0.417 7-13 0.350 L1
Howard Payne 4-8 0.333 8-12 0.400 W1