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McMurry University (1-7)
12/12/2015 | Abilene, TX - Kimbrell Arena | Attendance: 219
McMurry University244266
Stats at a GlanceUTTMCMM
FG Percentage.531 (34-64) .350 (21-60)
3P FG Percentage.529 (9-17) .292 (7-24)
FT Percentage.692 (18-26) .586 (17-29)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds3625
Total Rebounds4634
Bench Points3634
Statistical LeadersUTTMCMM
PointsAnthony Gonzales - 17
LaRandall Scroggins - 15
ReboundsDemarcus Metcalf - 7
Anthony Gonzales - 7
Romelo Robinson - 6
AssistsAnthony Gonzales - 5
Calvin McGee - 5
StealsAnthony Gonzales - 3
Gabriel Chacon - 2
BlocksMelvin Anthony - 1
Anthony Gonzales - 1

Thursday, December 10, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team rides a four-game winning streak to West Texas this weekend where it plays McMurry on Saturday and Hardin-Simmons on Monday in Abilene.

The Patriots (4-1) return to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday against the War Hawks (1-5) in a non-conference game at the Kimbrell Arena before going up against the Cowboys (4-4, 1-1 ASC) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Mabee Complex. UT Tyler is coming off wins over Southwestern, Rust College, Howard Payne and Sul Ross to match the third longest winning streak in program history and its first 2-0 start in conference play in three seasons.

UT Tyler is 27th in the nation with 15.5 offensive rebounds per game and is second in the conference with only 65 turnovers through five games. The Patriots are averaging 77.0 points per game and own a plus-5.4 rebounding margin advantage.

“We are not shooting it very well as a team, but what we are doing is rebounding at a high rate,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “We are rebounding 45 percent of our misses, which is good when you aren’t shooting great. You have to be able to get some of those back. We are getting about one out of two (misses) which has enabled us to be pretty successful.”

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Anthony Gonzales leads the Patriots and is third in the conference through five games with 19.6 points per game and was named the ASC East Division Player of the Week on Monday after going off for 27 points in last Thursday’s win over Howard Payne. Gonzales, who scored 23 of those points in the second half with four 3-pointers, is currently the second best scorer in program history with a 14.4 points per game scoring average. He is only behind Brandon Weasby who averaged 16.2 points in 98 career games for the Patriots. Gonzales, a senior from Killeen, has played in 30 games for the Patriots after transferring in from Eastfield College last season. He has already posted a 28-point performance against Rust and his 27 points against HPU which approached is career-best of 34 in a game last season against Concordia. Gonzales was the first Patriot to earn an ASC award this season.

“Any time we need a bucket, he has been our guy,” Copeland said. “Really with Anthony what I’m most proud of is his work habits. He competes on every possession.”

An inside presence has been supplied in the early part of the season from Demarcus Metcalf, Melvin Anthony, Deon Rodgers and Ty Davis for the Patriots. Metcalf is averaging 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Patriots, while Anthony leads the team with 6.2 rebounds to go along with 8.4 points per game. Anthony, who is a sophomore in his first season in Tyler after transferring from Arkansas-Fort Smith, has scored in double-figures in three of five games and has recorded eight rebounds in games against Rust College and last Saturday against Sul Ross. He had a season-best 13 points at Southwestern while Metcalf had a season best 16 points in the win over the Pirates and then a team-best 14 rebounds in the win over Howard Payne. Recording UT Tyler’s lone double-double of the season with a 10/14 performance against the YellowJackets, Metcalf has come back from missing last season to be a leader on the glass for a team that is averaging 43.8 rebounds per game. Rodgers is adding 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in his first season in Tyler, including scoring 12 points against Southwestern and 13 in the win over Rust. Rodgers had five rebounds in the win over Howard Payne. Anthony leads the team with seven blocked shots, while Metcalf leads the offense with 14 assists and the defense with 11 steals.

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UT Tyler enters the road trip with a 3-7 all-time record against McMurry and a 7-9 all-time record against Hardin-Simmons. The Patriots will be playing the War Hawks for the first time since the 2011-12 season. The four-game winning streak matches a streak from two years ago in Copeland’s first season and is only two wins from matching a six-game streak in 2012-13 and four away from the program-record of eight game in the 2007-08 season. The Patriots are 1-1 on the road this season after opening the year with an 83-67 loss to Texas Lutheran in Seguin and then following it up with a 94-90 win at Southwestern.

“Winning on the road is tough,” Copeland said. “When you’re on the road you need your constants to be there. We have been playing great defense and rebounding and we’re going to need to continue doing those things well on the road this weekend.”

UP NEXT: The Patriots will return to action after their Abilene road trip by travelling to Longview at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17 to play against LeTourneau in their final game before the Christmas Break… UT Tyler returns to the Herrington Patriot Center for rematches against Texas Lutheran (Dec. 29) and Southwestern (Dec. 30).