@uttylerMBB set to open conference play against HPU
HPU (0-6)
Texas-Tyler (3-1)
12/3/2015 | Tyler, TX | Attendance: 254
Stats at a GlanceHPUUTT
FG Percentage.288 (15-52) .298 (17-57)
3P FG Percentage.353 (6-17) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.606 (20-33) .567 (17-30)
Offensive Rebounds1521
Defensive Rebounds3235
Total Rebounds4756
Bench Points1314
Statistical LeadersHPUUTT
PointsRickey Guillory - 17
Anthony Gonzales - 27
ReboundsTEAM - 14
TEAM - 18
AssistsRickey Guillory - 4
Demarcus Metcalf - 3
Dyonne Luke - 3
StealsJ Bailey - 4
Demarcus Metcalf - 3
BlocksRickey Guillory - 2
Melvin Anthony - 4

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Surging with two impressive victories, the UT Tyler men’s basketball team will open American Southwest Conference play this week by hosting Howard Payne and Sul Ross at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (2-1) are coming off wins over Southwestern (94-90) and Rust College (99-85) and will open the week with a 7:30 p.m. tip on Thursday against HPU (0-5) and then play Sul Ross (0-4) at 3 p.m. on Saturday to close out a three-game home stand at the HPC. UT Tyler is averaging 86.7 points per game this season with a 49.1 shooting percentage and a plus-4.7 rebounding margin advantage entering conference play.

“Over the past two games we have done a really good job of playing inside out, getting paint touches off of the bounce and off of post feeds,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “We have also done a really good job on the offensive glass. With conference starting this week it is an exciting time. Each opponent knows each other so well, their strengths and weaknesses, so every possession becomes that much more important. We play two really well coached teams this week and are excited about the challenge.”

Anthony Gonzales is coming off a 28-point where he also had four steals, three rebounds and two assists in the win over Rust College last Tuesday in the home opener. Gonzales, a senior from Killeen, went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line and also hit nine shots from the field to score his 28 points which was just below his career-high which came last season in a 34-point performance at Concordia on Valentine’s Day. Gonzales leads the Patriots with 19.7 points per game through three games this season and is shooting 53.1 percent from the field and is 22-for-26 (84.6 percent) from the free-throw line to start his senior season.

Demarcus Metcalf and Ja’Carre Crockett are adding to the offensive production with Metcalf averaging 9.3 points per game and Crockett at 6.7 points per. Metcalf, a guard from Dallas who started his collegiate career at Eastfield College, has started his senior season by averaging 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Metcalf scored a season-best 16 points with eight rebounds in the win at Southwestern and then had eight points and three assists for the Patriots in the win over Rust. Metcalf leads the Patriots with eight assists. Crockett, a junior transfer from Dillard University, is coming off a season-best 17-point performance where he went 6-for-8 from the field with one 3-pointer in the win over Rust. Crockett, who is a Monroe, Louisiana native, had been limited to three points in the first two games of the season before erupting for the 17 points.

Inside the paint, the Patriots have found strong presences from newcomers Deon Rodgers, Melvin Anthony and Ty Davis who have combined to pull down 45 rebounds in the first three games this season. Rodgers, a junior transfer from Fort Worth, is averaging 11.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and is coming off scoring 13 points against Rust after going for 12 points and five rounds in the win at Southwestern. Rodgers, who is the tallest Patriot at 6-foot-7, is 15-for-20 (75 percent) from the field. Anthony transfers in from Arkansas Fort Smith with three years of eligibility remaining and has started his sophomore season by averaging 8.7 points and a team-leading 6.0 rebounds per game. Anthony scored a season-best 13 points at Southwestern before approaching a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds in the first game on his new home court against Rust. Anthony has hit 11 of 17 shots from the free-throw line and leads the Patriots with 18 rebounds – 12 defensive and six offensive. Davis, who transferred to UT Tyler this season after playing his junior season at Howard Payne will be playing his former team on Thursday when HPU arrives. Davis is averaging 6.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Patriots to start his senior season after going for 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets last season as a junior. A Yantis native, Davis returned to East Texas to finish out his collegiate career and is coming off a season-best nine points last Tuesday against Rust. Davis scored a career-best 20 points twice last season for HPU with 20-point performances against Concordia and the Patriots.  

Darryn York went for eight points and two assists against Southwestern and is averaging 6.5 points in two games played this season, while Joey Cuervo is averaging 5.3 points with a season-best 11 points in the season opener at Texas Lutheran. Reid Walker shot 3-for-5 and had seven points in the win over Southwestern in his collegiate debut and is averaging 4.0 points per game to start his freshman season. A forward out of Rouse HS in the Austin area, Walker had five rebounds in the win over Rust while Dyonne Luke is coming off an eight-point performance against Rust where he went 2-for-3 on 3-pointers after not scoring in the first two games of the season.  

UT Tyler went 0-2 last season against HPU and split its regular-season series against Sul Ross with an 86-72 win in Alpine. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a pair of out-of-state losses last weekend against Colorado College and Hamline University at the Colorado College Tip-Off Classic and also have losses to Austin College and Southwestern which is the only common opponent. HPU fell to the Pirates in their season opener before the Patriots went into Georgetown to earn the win. Sul Ross will come to Tyler after playing at LeTourneau University on Thursday in its ASC opener.  

The Patriots will return to the road to play at McMurry (Dec. 12), Hardin-Simmons (Dec. 14) and LeTourneau (Dec. 17) before hosting Texas Lutheran in their next home game on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Southwestern on Dec. 30 at the HPC.