@uttylerMBB rolls to fifth straight win
Texas-Tyler (5-1)
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

Saturday, December 12, 2015
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

ABILENE – Anthony Gonzales had 15 points by halftime and Deon Rodgers would finish the game shooting 7-for-7 from the field to help extend UT Tyler’s winning streak to five games with a 95-66 win over McMurry on Saturday at the Kimbrell Arena.

The Patriots (5-1) have now surpassed their win total from all of last season and have their first five-game winning streak in three seasons after the team went off in Abilene by shooting 53.1 percent from the field and hitting nine 3-pointers – both of which are season-bests. UT Tyler jumped out to a 45-24 halftime lead with Gonzales going 2-for-3 on 3s and adding three assists and three steals, while Rodgers was at 10 points by making each of his four shot attempts.

“Our ball movement was extremely good at times tonight which enabled us to get really good looks,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “When you are unselfish, share the ball, give up good shots for great shots, you typically shoot a high percentage.  I think our guys are really starting to buy into sacrificing what would be a good shot for them to get a teammate a great shot.”

The loss drops the War Hawks to 1-7 on the season, but the game does not reflect on conference standings with McM transitioning back to Division III and the American Southwest Conference. 

The Patriots had 13 players score in the game where they went 34-for-64 from the field and 9-for-17 from beyond the arc. With the route on, Gonzales would finish with 17 points, seven rebounds and a season-best five assists, while Rodgers had a career-best 16 points after not missing a single shot on the War Hawks’ court. Rodgers is shooting 70.6 percent from the field this season and averaging 9.5 points per game, while Gonzales is at 19.2 points per game which is third in the conference. He was named the ASC East Division Player of the Week and has scored in double-figures in every game to start his senior season.

While Gonzales and Rodgers led the way, Demarcus Metcalf would notch his four double-figure scoring performance of the season by going for 10 points and adding seven rebounds. He is now averaging 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season, while Melvin Anthony added seven points and Ty Davis eight for the Patriots who owned a 40-18 scoring advantage in the paint and a 46-34 rebounding advantage.

McMurry was limited to a 35.0 shooting percentage and committed 16 turnovers as they dropped their sixth straight. LaRandall Scroggins led the War Hawks with 15 points and Shakur Smith added 11 to highlight McM scorers.

The Patriots will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Monday against Hardin-Simmons at the Mabee Complex in Abilene.

“We guarded at a really high level tonight,” Copeland said. “Our effort and intensity on that end is going to have to carry over to Monday night if we want to attempt to slow down a high-powered HSU offense.”