PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB opens season at TLU
UT Tyler (1-0)
Texas Lutheran (0-1)
11/16/2017 | Seguin, Texas (Memorial Gymnasium) | Attendance: 480
UT Tyler403878
Texas Lutheran245276
Stats at a GlanceUTTTLU-MEN
FG Percentage.450 (27-60) .328 (21-64)
3P FG Percentage.318 (7-22) .280 (7-25)
FT Percentage.680 (17-25) .871 (27-31)
Offensive Rebounds1316
Defensive Rebounds3025
Total Rebounds4341
Bench Points2021
Statistical LeadersUTTTLU-MEN
PointsEmeka Obukwelu - 28
Jackson Willoughby - 19
ReboundsEmeka Obukwelu - 13
Jackson Willoughby - 7
AssistsJosh Tatum - 8
Nathan Josephs - 3
Sebastian Andrade - 3
StealsSkyler Hadden - 3
Melvin Anthony - 3
Jackson Willoughby - 3
BlocksEmeka Obukwelu - 1
Omar Mohamed - 1
Shawn Hamilton - 1
Nick Orange - 1

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team will open the 2017-18 season with a pair of non-conference road games against Texas Lutheran on Thursday and Southwestern on Saturday.

The Patriots begin the 15th season in program history at 7 p.m. on Thursday at TLU’s Memorial Gymnasium in Seguin before playing a 3 p.m. game on Saturday against the Pirates in Georgetown. UT Tyler with 15-11 last season, including a 5-8 record away from its home court but did not face either of this week’s opponents. The Bulldogs are coming off a 19-10 record last season, including winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the third straight year. The Pirates were 14-13 last season and will open its season by hosting Hardin-Simmons on Thursday at the Robertson Center.

UT Tyler returns nine players from last year’s roster while welcoming in six transfer players. The Patriots have will have six seniors competing, including Melvin Anthony who is back for his third season after averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior. A Killeen native who earned American Southwest Conference East Division second-team honors last year, Anthony ranks third in program history by averaging 6.9 rebounds per game through 41 games in his career and is fifth with 35 blocked shots. He also led the Patriots with 33 3-pointers and 97 made free throws. Skyler Hadden, Chase Mason and Josh Tatum also return for their senior seasons while Dyron Anderson transfers in for his final collegiate season.

Tatum has a strong junior season for the Patriots where he started 24 games and led the team with 77 assists. A Keller native, Tatum also averaged 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as the team’s starting point guard. He was named to the ASC East Division All-Defensive Team. Hadden averaged 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a junior, while Verlo Levels is back after a sophomore season with 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. A Tyler native, Levels also contributed 44 assists for the Patriots. Mason added nine 3-pointers in 19 games played.

A trio of sophomores return for the Patriots with Davis Moore, Emeka Obukwelu and Omar Mohamed. Obukwelu averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a freshman, while Moore hit 28 3-pointers and averaged 4.5 points. The sophomore class also includes Johnell Lane, Coltin Wimbish, and Xavier Fogle who transfer in. A Plano native, Obukwelu earned ASC East Division All-Freshman honors after his first year where he led the team by shooting 60.3 percent from the field.

UT Tyler’s season will stay on the road where it will play at Austin College on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Sherman before making its home debut on Tuesday, Nov. 28 when TLU comes to Tyler to play in the Herrington Patriot Center.