RECAP: @UTTylerMBB takes second loss on Abilene road trip
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (6-2, 1-2 ASC)
McMurry University (3-3, 3-1 ASC)
12/9/2017 | Abilene, TX - Kimbrell Arena | Attendance: 519
UT Tyler434487
McMurry University474491
Stats at a GlanceUTTMCMMBB
FG Percentage.545 (30-55) .530 (35-66)
3P FG Percentage.313 (5-16) .316 (6-19)
FT Percentage.688 (22-32) .789 (15-19)
Offensive Rebounds711
Defensive Rebounds2125
Total Rebounds2836
Bench Points1030
Statistical LeadersUTTMCMMBB
PointsMelvin Anthony - 26
LaRandall Scroggins - 21
ReboundsSkyler Hadden - 8
Colin Taylor - 6
AssistsJosh Tatum - 3
Dedrick Berry Jr. - 7
StealsSkyler Hadden - 3
LaRandall Scroggins - 2
BlocksCameron Frank - 1
Melvin Anthony - 1
Aaron Gettys - 1
Mike Williams Jr. - 1

Saturday, December 9, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

ABILENE – McMurry went on an 11-4 run over the final four minutes of play to earn a 91-87 win over the UT Tyler men’s basketball team on Saturday in an American Southwest Conference game at the Kimbrell Arena.

The Patriots (6-2, 1-2 ASC) led 83-80 after a 3-pointer by Johnell Lane and a pair of free throws from Melvin Anthony, but the War Hawks (3-3, 3-1 ASC) on their home court with a strong finish that included a steal by Larandall Scroggins that turned into a Dedrick Berry Jr. layup and a three-point lead with 1:18 to play. McMurry closed out the game with free throws and had a six-point lead before Josh Tatum made a layup with two seconds remaining for the Patriots to cut the final deficit to four.

UT Tyler, which had a 48-30 scoring advantage in the paint against the War Hawks, is now 4-2 away from home after also dropping an 88-85 decision on Thursday at Hardin-Simmons to begin the two-game Abilene road trip.

“We had some costly turnovers late in the game on both Thursday and Saturday that really hurt us down the stretch,” UT Tyler coach Jamon Copeland said. “The ASC is an extremely competitive league in which every possession matters. Our guys understand how important each possession is to winning and we will continue to work on executing on each possession.”

Anthony led the Patriots with a season-high 26 points after going 6-for-12 from the field and 14-for-18 at the free-throw line. A senior from Killeen, Anthony has now scored 20 or more points in four games this season and has led the team in scoring in three games. Skyler Hadden led the team with eight rebounds and had a season-high 20 points after going 6-for-9 from the field and 6-for-9 at the free-throw line. Hadden had 15 points at halftime to lead the Patriots who trailed 47-43 after 20 minutes.

Emeka Obukwelu added 18 points after going 8-for-10 from the field, while Josh Tatum had six points and three assists and Cameron Frank scored seven points from the starting lineup. Lane finished the game with five points and three rebounds and Davis Moore had three points after hitting a first-half 3-pointer that gave the Patriots an early 23-19 lead.

Scroggins led McMurry with 21 points after hitting 10 of his 14 shots against the Patriots and Luke Stephenson had 11 points and three rebounds. Berry was the third War Hawk in double figures with 10 points.

UT Tyler finished the game shooting 54.5 percent from the field, but struggled at the free-throw line at 22-for-32.

The Patriots will return to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 against Mary Hardin-Baylor at the Herrington Patriot where they will also host Colorado College on Dec. 17 and Concordia on Tuesday, Dec. 19 before going on holiday break.