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Ozarks rallies to down @uttylermbb on Saturday
Texas-Tyler (8-7, 3-6 ASC)
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Univ of the Ozarks (7-6, 1-5 ASC)
1/16/2016 | Clarksville, Ark. (Mabee Gym) | Attendance: 265
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Texas-Tyler364379
Univ of the Ozarks295584
Stats at a GlanceUTTUO
FG Percentage.435 (30-69) .436 (24-55)
3P FG Percentage.176 (3-17) .385 (10-26)
FT Percentage.593 (16-27) .684 (26-38)
Offensive Rebounds1811
Defensive Rebounds2828
Total Rebounds4639
Turnovers1013
Steals86
Bench Points182
Statistical LeadersUTTUO
PointsAnthony Gonzales - 30
Jace Richardson - 25
ReboundsDemarcus Metcalf - 11
Dylan Gray - 12
AssistsDemarcus Metcalf - 3
Joey Cuervo - 3
Anthony Gonzales - 3
Josh Ferrell - 5
Jace Richardson - 5
StealsAnthony Gonzales - 5
Kelby Robinson - 3
BlocksDeon Rodgers - 2
Dylan Gray - 2

Saturday, January 16, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

CLARKSVILLE, Arkansas – UT Tyler saw a double-digit lead with six minutes remaining in the game turn into an 84-79 loss against Ozarks on Saturday at the Mabee Gymnasium with the Eagles going on an 8-3 run in the final two minutes to earn their first American Southwest Conference win of the season and extend the Patriots’ losing streak to four.

UT Tyler (8-7, 3-6 ASC) led by as many as 12 in the second half, but couldn’t hold off Ozarks (7-6, 1-5 ASC) which hit five free throws and two jumpers after the game had been tied at 76 with 1:55 remaining. Anthony Gonzales scored a season-high 30 points after going 12-for-24 from the field and hitting five free throws to lead the Patriots. UT Tyler returns to action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Arlington Baptist before hosting Belhaven next Saturday in its alumni game at the Herrington Patriot Center.

Gonzales, who scored 22 second-half points against Ozarks, also added five steals, three assists and four rebounds for the Patriots. It was the second time in his career with 30 or more points after he went for 34 last season at Concordia and it was the 21st time in program history for a 30-point performance. He currently leads the Patriots with 17.3 points per game and is shooting 45.5 percent from the field. His 24 shot attempts are the second most in a game in program history behind Chris Rios who put up 27 shots last season in a 36-point game against Howard Payne.

Deon Rodgers added 12 points and seven rebounds for his seventh double-digit scoring performance of the season, while Demarcus Metcalf added 11 rebounds and nine points and Ty Davis had 10 points and six rebounds. Metcalf, who was limited to three points and four rebounds on Thursday at UTD, had his third double-digit rebound game and was one point shy of his third double-double.

The Patriots have now dropped four straight after they entered the five-game game road trip having won three in a row, including a win over nationally-ranked Texas Lutheran and LeTourneau in conference play. Since the streak, the Patriots have dropped road games at Concordia, Mary Hardin-Baylor and at Texas-Dallas on Thursday before falling in Arkansas. UT Tyler once again struggled on 3-pointers, going 3-for-17 from beyond the arc for the second straight game including missing its last four against the Eagles.

UT Tyler, which trailed by eight points just three minutes into the game but fought back to take a 36-29 halftime lead, owned a 38-22 scoring advantage in the paint and a 46-39 rebounding advantage, but saw Ozarks connect on 10 3-pointers and also hit 26 free throws. The Patriots would go 16-for-27 from the free-throw line (59.3 percent) and the Eagles were 26-for-38 (68.4). The loss was the first time UT Tyler has led after 20 minutes and then dropped the game. The Patriots are now 2-7 away from Tyler this season and the Eagles evened their home record to 4-4 after getting 25 points from Ben Grice who hit five 3-pointers and Josh Berard who went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line.

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