@uttylerMBB downs Lobos for fourth straight win
Sul Ross (1-5, 1-1)
Texas-Tyler (4-1, 2-0)
12/5/2015 | Tyler, TX | Attendance: 264
Sul Ross263864
Stats at a GlanceSRUTT
FG Percentage.424 (25-59) .387 (24-62)
3P FG Percentage.053 (1-19) .235 (4-17)
FT Percentage.591 (13-22) .667 (14-21)
Offensive Rebounds1013
Defensive Rebounds3233
Total Rebounds4246
Bench Points2235
Statistical LeadersSRUTT
PointsAlex Harrison - 21
Dadrian Taylor - 15
Demarcus Metcalf - 15
ReboundsCaleb Thomasson - 10
Melvin Anthony - 8
AssistsPatrick Mound - 3
Demarcus Metcalf - 3
StealsRocky Feliciano - 2
Jacob Dawson - 2
Alex Harrison - 2
Darryn York - 3
BlocksCaleb Thomasson - 5

Saturday, December 5, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu


TYLER – Demarcus Metcalf and Dadrian Taylor scored 15 points each to help extend the UT Tyler men’s basketball team’s winning streak to four games with a 66-64 win over Sul Ross on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The Patriots (4-1, 2-0 ASC) are on their first four-game winning streak in two years and remain unbeaten at home with the two-point victory over the Lobos (1-5, 1-1 ASC) who trailed by six at halftime but were never down by more than three in the final five minutes. Sul Ross, which was down 32-26 at halftime, took its only lead of the game at 56-54 on a 3-pointer before Melvin Anthony hit two inside shots and Anthony Gonzales a jumper to regain the advantage that would never slip away despite numerous times where the Lobos cut it to one. The final one-point margin was a 64-63 on a layup by the Lobos which was followed by two Gonzales free throws with four seconds remaining to seal it.

“I love our guys and the character they are showing,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “These games come down to a bounce or two and we have been fortunate at times, but we are also working really hard to get the loose balls and second-chance opportunities that win games like this. We shot poorly again tonight, but we were able to pull it out because we were guarding and rebounding at a high level. Your shots are going to come and go throughout the course of a game, but effort is something you have control of and is something our guys are doing a great job of right now.”

Metcalf scored in double-figures for the third time this season after going 6-for-12 from the field and also adding three assists, while Taylor had a season-best 15 points after coming into the game having scored only 10 points combined in the first four games of the season. Taylor would go 3-for-6 from the field and also add four assists, while Gonzales hit four 3-pointers for the second straight game to finish with 12 points. Gonzales continues to lead the Patriots in scoring with 19.6 points per game, including averaging 22.3 points in the past three games that includes a season-best 28-point performance against Rust College and 27 points against Howard Payne. A senior from Killeen, Gonzales has scored in double-figures in all five games this season and is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. Fellow Killeen native, Melvin Anthony would approach a double-double on Saturday with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots against the Lobos. Anthony leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game this season and 7.0 rebounds per game at home.

Alex Harrison led the Lobos with 21 points and eight rebounds in the game, while Jacob Dawson had 10 points and Brock Anders had nine. Patrick Mound finished the game with five points, including hitting a 3-pointer that gave the Lobos their only lead of the game at 56-54 with 4:51 to play. Sul Ross was limited to 42.4 percent shooting, including going 1-for-19 from beyond the arc with the 3-pointer from Mound being the only shot from distance to fall.

UT Tyler finished the game shooting 38.7 percent with four 3-pointers made and owned a 46-42 rebounding advantage. Levelt Francois had a season-high seven rebounds and Ja’Carre Crocket had six rebounds and five points off the bench.

UT Tyler is now 3-0 at home this season and will now play its next three games on the road starting next Saturday against McMurry at 3 p.m. in Abilene. The Patriots, who are 1-1 away from Tyler with a victory at Southwestern, will play Hardin-Simmons on Monday, Dec. 14 in Abilene and then LeTourneau (Thursday, Dec. 17).

“Hopefully we start shooting a lot better the next couple of weeks,” Copeland said. “It’s always tough on the road and we’ll definitely need to hit shots that we’ve been missing if we want to come back with wins against McMurry and Hardin-Simmons. It’s going to be a tough road trip but we just need to keep guarding at a high level and rebounding like we have been. I like our chances if we start hitting some shots and keep guarding and rebounding at a high level.”