RECAP: @UTTylerMBB fights for road win over HPU
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

BROWNWOOD – UT Tyler’s Johnell Lane missed his first five 3-point attempts, but would catch fire late by hitting three in a row to help lead the Patriots to an 83-70 win over Howard Payne on Thursday at the Brownwood Coliseum.

The Patriots (10-3, 3-3 ASC) trailed 41-39 at halftime but started the second half on an 11-0 run that began with four straight points from Emeka Obukwelu before Melvin Anthony made a layup for a 50-41 lead. HPU (6-7, 2-3 ASC) would stay in the game though and take a 66-64 lead with 5:31 to play before Lane drilled his first 3-pointer at 5:18 to give the Patriots a 67-66 advantage, his second at 4:04 to increase the lead to 72-66 and his last at 1:38 for the dagger. The Patriots, who were 17-for-23 at the free-throw line, made a close game a 13-point win by making 6 of 7 free throws after Lane’s final 3-pointer.

Lane finished the game with a team-high 20 points and also added 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, while Obukwelu recorded his sixth double-double of the season after going for 14 points and 1 rebounds. Anthony was one rebound away from a double-double after he had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Patriots who finished the game with 48 rebounds. Skyler Hadden added 12 points and Josh Tatum 11 more as the Patriots improved to 6-2 away from home despite shooting just 4-for-18 on 3-pointers.

Obukwelu, who leads the nation in shooting, finished the game shooting 7-for-11 and is now at 77.6 for the season and leads the Patriots with 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Anthony led the Patriots at halftime with nine points and four rebounds, while Obukwelu had eight points after going 4-for-4 from the field. Lane and Hadden each had six points, while Tatum had two assists and four points. UT Tyler was shooting 41.7 percent from the field in the first half despite being limited to 1-for-11 on 3-pointers.

UT Tyler will return to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday against Sul Ross in Alpine to complete the West Texas road trip. The Lobos improved to 10-4 on the season after earning a 76-63 win over Ozarks on Thursday at their Gallego Center.