PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB to open ASC play at Ozarks
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (5-0, 1-0 ASC)
University of the Ozarks (2-4, 0-1 ASC)
12/2/2017 | Clarksville, AR | Attendance: 210
UT Tyler474794
University of the Ozarks442670
Stats at a GlanceUTTUO
FG Percentage.468 (37-79) .417 (25-60)
3P FG Percentage.419 (13-31) .381 (8-21)
FT Percentage.500 (7-14) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds1713
Defensive Rebounds2624
Total Rebounds4337
Bench Points5131
Statistical LeadersUTTUO
PointsJohnell Lane - 26
Dylan Gray - 18
ReboundsMelvin Anthony - 12
Dylan Gray - 6
Bryson Johnson - 6
AssistsJosh Tatum - 6
Bryson Johnson - 5
StealsJohnell Lane - 4
Dylan Gray - 2
BlocksMelvin Anthony - 1
Kaelin Love - 1
Cory Wilhelm - 1

Friday, December 1, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – The UT Tyler men's basketball team will open American Southwest Conference play against Ozarks at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Mabee Gymnasium in Clarksville, Arkansas before returning home to host Rhodes College in a non-conference game at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Herrington Patriot Center. 

The Patriots (4-0, 0-0 ASC) is coming off a 19-point win over Texas Lutheran on Tuesday in their home opener which matched the best start to a season in program history. The Eagles (2-3, 0-0 ASC) have lost two games this week with losses to Hendrix on Tuesday and then an 81-67 defeat to Dallas on Thursday in Irving. UTT and Ozarks split their matchups last season with the home team winning each time, including the Eagles taking a 94-87 win on Feb. 16, 2017 in Arkansas.

UT Tyler has started its season with four wins over Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents and is the only remaining ASC team without a loss this season. The Patriots are shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 38.2 percent on 3-pointers this season, while their defense has limited opponents to 35.9 percent shooting and to 29.2 from beyond the arc. A win over Ozarks would give the Patriots a 5-0 record for the first time in the 15-year history for the program and would take them to 4-0 on the road a year after they were 5-8 away from their home court.

UT Tyler sophomore Emeka Obukwelu is leading the Patriots by averaging 25 points and 11.8 rebounds through four games. A Plano native, Obukwelu started the season with three straight double-doubles and is coming off a 19 point, six-rebound performance against TLU on Tuesday at the HPC. Obukwelu is shooting a staggering 77.6 percent from the field after going 8-for-10 from the field on Tuesday after a 13-for-16 performance and 27 points in a road win over Austin College. Melvin Anthony is coming off a season-best 23 points in the win over TLU and is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. A senior from Killeen, Anthony has grabbed eight rebounds in the past three games and scored his 23 points on Tuesday after hitting a career-best five 3-points and going 9-for-12 from the field.

Josh Tatum is running the show from the point guard position and is coming off scoring 18 points and having a season-best nine assists. A senior from Keller, Tatum is averaging 11 points, 7.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game to start the season and also has 13 steals. Skyler Hadden is adding 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game after scoring 16 against TLU and Chase Mason is averaging 9.3 points per game wand has hit seven 3-pointers. Cameron Frank is adding 4.8 points and 2.8 assists per game with four starts.

Dylan Gray is leading the Eagles with 12.2 points per game, while Bryson Johnson is at 9.8 points per as a freshman and Kelvin Knight is averaging 9.4 points per game.

UT Tyler will return home to play Rhodes College at 3 p.m. on Sunday in a non-conference game at the Herrington Patriot Center before returning to the road to play at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry next week in Abilene.