RECAP: @UTTylerMBB falls to Lobos in ASC quarterfinals
UT Tyler (17-9)
Sul Ross St. (20-6)
2/22/2018 | Alpine, TX (Gallego Center) | Attendance: 562
UT Tyler383977
Sul Ross St.454186
Stats at a GlanceUTTSR
FG Percentage.492 (32-65) .462 (30-65)
3P FG Percentage.357 (10-28) .400 (6-15)
FT Percentage.500 (3-6) .800 (20-25)
Offensive Rebounds119
Defensive Rebounds2720
Total Rebounds3829
Bench Points4635
Statistical LeadersUTTSR
PointsMelvin Anthony - 24
Tristen Licon - 14
ReboundsJohnell Lane - 7
Caleb Thomasson - 6
B.J. Hollis - 6
Tristen Licon - 6
AssistsSkyler Hadden - 3
Davis Moore - 3
Caleb Thomasson - 6
StealsTristen Licon - 2
BlocksChase Mason - 1

Thursday, February 22, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

ALPINE – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team had its season come to an end with an 86-77 loss to Sul Ross on Thursday in the American Southwest Conference quarterfinals at the Gallego Center.

The Patriots (17-9) fell one win shy of matching the winningest season in program history, while the Lobos (20-6) advanced to the ASC Championship semifinals where they will play UT Dallas at 7:30 p.m. on Friday on their home court. In the other ASC semifinal, LeTourneau and East Texas Baptist will meet at 5 p.m. for a berth to the ASC Championship finals on Saturday.

UT Tyler was knocked out of the tournament in the first round for the second straight season despite putting up a strong fight against the host school which won the ASC West Division. Melvin Anthony led the Patriots with 24 points after going 10-for-13 from the field, including going 3-for-5 on 3-pointers in his final collegiate game. Emeka Obukwelu added 18 points and four rebounds before fouling out with about six minutes to play and Xavier Fogle came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score nine points.

UT Tyler finished the game shooting 49.2 percent from the field and hit 10 of 28 3-pointers, while the Lobos shot 46.2 percent and were only 6 of 15 on 3-pointers. Sul Ross pulled away in the game by going 20-for-25 at the free-throw line, while on the other side of the court the Patriots only shot six free throws in the entire game.

Sul Ross led 45-38 at halftime after padding its lead late following two Fogle 3-pointers that cut UT Tyler’s deficit to 26-24 with 7:16 remaining in the half. The Lobos went on a 6-0 run after the 3s and led 45-38 on a Conner Dawson 3-pointer with 48 seconds to play. The lead grew to double digits for the first time at 52-42 three minutes into the second half and the Lobos had their largest lead of the night at 72-56 with eight minutes remaining when C.J. Ross made a layup. With a 16-point deficit, the Patriots kept fighting and would have it back down to 10 after back-to-back 3-pointers from Anthony and Jamal Green-Gaskin. Anthony would continue his strong play with a jumper with four to play, making it 74-66 but the Lobos wouldn’t let the lead slip as they stayed true to seeding and advanced.

Green-Gaskin and Skyler Hadden each finished with five points, while Chase Mason had seven and Moore six. Moore finished the game with two 3-pointers for the Patriots while Josh Tatum was limited to two points and two assists in the game. A senior from Keller, Tatum finished his UT Tyler career as the all-time assists leader with 228 in his career. His 151 assists in his senior season is the UT Tyler single-season record, while Obukwelu finished the season leading the Patriots with 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. A sophomore from Plano, Obukwelu shot 67.8 percent from the field which breaks the all-time ASC record of 67.6 percent by Tracy Phillips from Mississippi College in 2003. Obukwelu also set multiple UT Tyler single-season records, including scoring 510 points, hitting 227 field goals and field goal percentage. Anthony, a three-year player for the Patriots, finished his UT Tyler career with 747 points which is the seventh most in program history.