PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB set for West Texas road trip
UT Tyler (10-4, 3-4 ASC)
Sul Ross St. (11-4, 6-1 ASC)
1/6/2018 | Alpine, TX (Gallego Center) | Attendance: 224
UT Tyler253358
Sul Ross St.453580
Stats at a GlanceUTTSR
FG Percentage.385 (20-52) .433 (29-67)
3P FG Percentage.400 (6-15) .419 (13-31)
FT Percentage.600 (12-20) .750 (9-12)
Offensive Rebounds1212
Defensive Rebounds2823
Total Rebounds4035
Bench Points2828
Statistical LeadersUTTSR
PointsEmeka Obukwelu - 10
B.J. Hollis - 21
ReboundsMelvin Anthony - 7
Emeka Obukwelu - 7
Caleb Thomasson - 7
AssistsChase Mason - 3
Cameron Frank - 3
Brock Anders - 5
Caleb Thomasson - 5
StealsChase Mason - 2
Xavier Fogle - 2
Jola Otubu - 2
BlocksCameron Frank - 1
Omar Mohamed - 1
Emeka Obukwelu - 1
Xavier Fogle - 1
Caleb Thomasson - 2

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s basketball team will return to American Southwest Conference action and play its first game of the 2018 calendar year at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday against Howard Payne at the Brownwood Coliseum in Brownwood before traveling even farther west to take on Sul Ross on Saturday in Alpine.

The Patriots (9-3, 2-3 ASC) are 5-2 away from Tyler this season after earning a 110-85 non-conference victory at Hendrix College on Dec. 29 in their most recent game. The Yellow Jackets (6-6, 2-2 ASC) are 1-1 at home this season and are coming off a 93-88 non-conference win at Southwestern on Tuesday. UT Tyler comes into this week ranked fifth in the nation with a 52.3 shooting percentage and 237 total assists and is 14th in the nation by scoring 91.9 points per game. The Patriots also lead the ASC by shooting 41.7 percent on 3-pointers this season and are second in the league with a 1.25 assist-to-turnover ratio.

UT Tyler sophomore Emeka Obukwelu leads the nation with a 78.7 shooting percentage and has five double-doubles this season. Obukwelu leads the Patriots by averaging 20.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, while point guard Josh Tatum is fifth in the nation with 74 assists and second in the ASC with 24 steals for the Patriots. Obukwelu set a new UT Tyler single-game record by going off for 43 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Rhodes College and is coming off scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win at Hendrix. He has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and is a staggering 111-for-141 from the field this season. Tatum has been feeding Obukwelu and the rest of the Patriots all season and comes into this week’s pair of ASC games averaging 6.2 assists, 10.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He scored a season-best 22 points against Concordia before the holiday break after recording a double-double with a 18 points and 11 assists against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Tatum has recorded five or more assists in eight games this season.

UT Tyler senior Melvin Anthony is adding 18 points and 7.2 rebounds and leads the Patriots with eight blocked shots. Anthony is shooting 52.2 percent from the field, including hitting 22 3-pointers at a 47.8 percentage this season. He matched a career-high with 30 points and added 10 rebounds against UMHB and enters this week with three double-doubles. Skyler Hadden is coming off a big week where he led the Patriots with 17 points in the win over Hendrix after going for 16 points and nine rebounds against Concordia. A senior from Waco, Hadden is averaging 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Patriots while Johnell Lane is at 11.3 points per game. Lane has started the last four games and is coming off scoring 11 points on three 3-pointers against Hendrix. He scored a career-high 26 points after hitting six 3-pointers in a win at Ozarks and also had 20 points against UMHB. He is 26 of 56 on 3-pointers this season (46.4 percent) and is also securing 3.4 rebounds per game.

Cameron Frank is adding 6.4 points and 2.3 assists per game, while Chase Mason is at 5.9 points per game after scoring a career-best 15 points at Hendrix where he made three 3-pointers.

The Patriots are averaging their 91.9 points per game and are limiting opponents to 82.9 points per game and a 44.0 shooting percentage.

Sul Ross is 9-4 on the season coming into this week where it will host Ozarks on Thursday before playing the Patriots at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Alpine. The Lobos are currently on a seven-game winning streak and are 4-1 in conference play.