The University of
Texas at Tyler men’s basketball team dropped a one-point American
Southwest Conference decision to Mississippi College on Saturday
afternoon at the Herrington Patriot Center in a game that went down to
win allowed the Choctaws (11-3, 7-3) to remain undefeated against UT
Tyler (8-7, 8-2). The Patriots are now 0-11 all-time against
game was high-energy and fast paced from the opening tip. Momentum
switched from team to team at a rapid-fire pace, but never stayed with
any one team long enough to build a sizeable lead. In total, there were
10 ties, six lead changes and the largest lead either team enjoyed was
just eight points.
less than two minutes left in the contest, junior Hakeem Kareem
(Houston, Texas) tied the game by making a layup and completing an
old-fashioned three-point play with the subsequent foul shot.
a turnover by each team, Choctaw senior Clarence Jeffery (Madison,
Miss.) drove through the lane and made the go-ahead basket to give his
team a two point lead with just 57 seconds remaining.
Mississippi did not hold that lead very long as junior Dexter McMarion
(Austin, Texas) tied the game again with just 36 seconds left.
next play, Kareem fouled Mississippi senior Bryan Johnson (Jackson,
Miss.), sending him to the free throw line for a one and one
opportunity. Johnson made the first but missed the second, giving UT
Tyler one last shot at the win.
timeout, the Patriots went for the win but were unable to get anything
to fall, giving the Choctaws the narrow victory.
Anthony Reese (Longview, Texas) recorded his second consecutive
double-double with game-highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Hakeem
Kareem followed closely behind Reese with 13 points of his own.
Jonathan Stokes (Crenshaw, Miss.) had 14 to points to lead Mississippi.
Tyler will play again on Thursday, when it hosts ASC East leaders UT
Dallas at 7:30 p.m., at the Herrington Patriot Center.