RECAP: @UTTylerMBB, Obukwelu have record-setting performances in 110-99 win
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RHODES (4-3)
UT Tyler (6-0)
12/3/2017 | Tyler, Texas (Herrington Patriot Center) | Attendance: 290
UT Tyler5357110
Stats at a GlanceRHODESUTT
FG Percentage.529 (37-70) .575 (46-80)
3P FG Percentage.308 (8-26) .412 (7-17)
FT Percentage.773 (17-22) .611 (11-18)
Offensive Rebounds1215
Defensive Rebounds2121
Total Rebounds3336
Bench Points7713
Statistical LeadersRHODESUTT
PointsPreston Giroux - 19
Emeka Obukwelu - 43
ReboundsPreston Giroux - 7
Emeka Obukwelu - 17
AssistsMitch Weatherford - 7
Josh Tatum - 10
StealsMitch Weatherford - 3
Josh Tatum - 7

Sunday, December 3, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – UT Tyler sophomore Emeka Obukwelu established a new single-game program record by scoring 43 points after going 20-for-22 from the field to lead the Patriots to a 110-99 non-conference win over Rhodes on Sunday at the Herrington Patriot Center. Along with Obukwelu’s scoring record, the Patriots set a team record with 39 assists led by 10 from Josh Tatum and the single-game record of 21 steals. The 110 points were the third most in program history and the team extended the program’s best start to a season with its sixth straight win.


Obukwelu, who matched the ASC record with 20 field goals in a game, also had 17 rebounds and now has four double-doubles through six games for the Patriots who are 6-0 for the first time in program history after also earning a 94-70 win over Ozarks on Saturday in their American Southwest Conference opener in Arkansas. The quick turnaround from completing their game at Ozarks at 6 p.m. on Saturday to tipping off against the Lynx (4-3) was a challenge with Rhodes College coming into the game averaging 123 points per game, but the Patriots responded by matching their tempo with a 34-8 fast-break scoring advantage along with owning a 78-56 margin in the paint.

Melvin Anthony added 22 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Cameron Frank scored a career-high 20 points with four 3-pointers. Frank also had five assists in the game, while Skyler Hadden had six assists, four points and rebounds. Tatum, a senior from Keller, added eight points and seven steals to his 10-assist performance. His 10 assists are the third most in program history and his second most after he had 12 last season against Belhaven for the program record.

UT Tyler finished the game shooting 57.5 percent from the field at 46-for-80, including hitting seven shots from beyond the arc. The 46 field goals made are the second most in program history behind 48 in a win over Paul Quinn back in 2012 and the 21 steals obliterated the previous record of 16 in games against Howard Payne in 2005 and Southwestern Assemblies in 2009. Tatum had seven of the steals, while Johnell Lane had four to go along with seven points and six rebounds.

A sophomore from Plano, Obukwelu was limited to six points in Saturday’s win at Ozarks but responded by having 18 points and eight rebounds in the first half against the Lynx. He was 9-for-10 from the field in the opening 20 minutes before finishing the game at 20-for-22 which tied the ASC record held by K.B. Debord (Concordia, 2001) and Benny West (Howard Payne, 2004). After career-highs in points and rebounds in Sunday's win, he is now averaging 24.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game and has earned ASC East Division Player of the Week the first two weeks of the season. Obukwelu is shooting 81.9 percent from the field this season after going 68-for-83 to open the season. Anthony, who had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds at Ozarks, is now averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

UT Tyler held Rhodes College 24 points under their season average with the Lynx turning the ball over 31 times. The Lynx finished the game shooting 52.9 percent when they were able to keep the ball with Preston Galvin leading the team with 19 points and Andrew Evans. Rhodes utilized multiple shift changes with 16 players subbing in regularly, but UT Tyler seemed in control throughout including taking a 53-47 lead to halftime and reaching 100 points for the first time this season with the Lynx at 81.

UT Tyler will return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Hardin-Simmons and at 4 p.m. on Saturday at McMurry in a pair of ASC games in Abilene. The Patriots return home to host Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the HPC where they are now 2-0 at after the record-setting win over Rhodes.