PREVIEW: @UTTylerMBB ready for UTD challenge in Richardson
Photo by: Lang White
Photo by: Lang White
UT Tyler (13-4, 6-4 ASC)
Texas Dallas (9-6, 5-3 ASC)
11/18/2018 | Richardson, Texas (UTD Activity Center) | Attendance: 525
UT Tyler274673
Texas Dallas322759
Stats at a GlanceUTTUTD
FG Percentage.435 (27-62) .353 (24-68)
3P FG Percentage.364 (8-22) .158 (3-19)
FT Percentage.647 (11-17) .533 (8-15)
Offensive Rebounds1118
Defensive Rebounds2828
Total Rebounds3946
Bench Points1028
Statistical LeadersUTTUTD
PointsJosh Tatum - 20
Dimitrius Underwood - 15
ReboundsEmeka Obukwelu - 10
Dimitrius Underwood - 14
AssistsJosh Tatum - 4
Dimitrius Underwood - 4
StealsJosh Tatum - 4
Curtis Allen - 2
BlocksSkyler Hadden - 4
Reagan Keogh - 1
Hans Burwitz - 1
Kelden Pruitt - 1

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – Having won six of their last eight games, the UT Tyler men’s basketball will travel to Richardson to take on UT Dallas in an American Southwest Conference East Division showdown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the UTD Activity Center.

The Patriots (12-4, 5-4 ASC) are coming off a pair of ASC wins last weekend over Louisiana College and Belhaven, while the Comets (9-5, 5-2 ASC) split ASC games last week with a 96-79 win over East Texas Baptist before falling 80-63 at LeTourneau last Saturday. UTD is 5-1 on its home court this season, while the Patriots are 6-3 away from Tyler. UT Tyler leads the ASC by shooting 51.3 percent from the field for the season, 312 total assists and a plus-5.8 rebounding margin. The team’s 312 assists are fourth in the nation, while the shooting percentage and a 19.5 assists per game rank sixth throughout all of NCAA Division III. Coming into their first meeting of the season, UT Tyler is averaging 90.1 points per game, while the UTD defense leads the ASC by limiting opponents to 70.3 points per game.

UT Tyler sophomore Emeka Obukwelu leads the nation with a 75.1 shooting percentage by going 148-for-197 from the field through 16 games and is third in the ASC by averaging 20.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. A Plano native, Obukwelu also leads the ASC with seven double-doubles after he went for 25 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Louisiana College last Thursday. He would follow with a 30-point, 8-rebound performance against Belhaven for his second best scoring performance of his career only behind the UT Tyler single-game record of 43 points he had against Rhodes College. He is a three-time ASC Player of the Week winners and was named to the Small College Basketball Watch List for the Bevo Francis Award on Monday which consists of 100 players from NCAA Division II and III along with NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA’s top players.

Josh Tatum leads the ASC and is ninth in the nation with 93 total assists and is fourth in the conference with 28 steals. His 3.44 assist-to-turnover ratio is only behind UTD’s Caleb Banks in the conference and is 13th nationally. A senior from Keller, Tatum is averaging 5.8 assists, 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in his second season at UT Tyler. He is coming off a week where he had eight assists and 18 points in the win over LC and six assists and 10 points in running the show against Belhaven. He had a season-best 11 assists against UMHB where he also had 18 points and also had 10 assists in the run-and-shoot win over Rhodes.

Melvin Anthony is coming off scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the win over Belhaven and is now averaging 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Patriots. A Killeen native, Anthony has scored in double digits in 12 games and has three double-doubles this season and is 26-for-55 (47.3 percent) on 3-pointers. He scored a season-best 30 points against UMHB two days after dropping 26 against McMurry. UT Tyler sophomore Johnell Lane has emerged as one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference where he has made 37 shots from beyond the arc, including six in games against Ozarks and UMHB. He is averaging 12.7 points per game after scoring 20 against LC and 15 in Saturday’s win over Belhaven. Skyler Hadden is the fifth Patriot in double digits with 11.1 points per game and is also adding 5.1 rebounds per game, while Chase Mason, Xavier Fogle, Cameron Frank and Davis Moore are providing depth by coming off the bench and averaging around five points per game.

UT Tyler and UT Dallas will play their second game against each other on Feb. 10 in the final home game of the season for the Patriots at the Herrington Patriot Center.

East Division
East Texas Baptist 6-2 0.750 12-3 0.800 W1
LeTourneau 6-2 0.750 12-3 0.800 L1
UT Dallas 5-2 0.714 9-5 0.643 L1
UT Tyler 5-4 0.556 12-4 0.750 W2
Belhaven 2-6 0.250 3-11 0.214 L1
Louisiana College 1-7 0.125 3-10 0.231 W1
Ozarks 1-7 0.125 3-12 0.200 L8
West Division
Sul Ross State 7-1 0.875 12-4 0.750 W10
Concordia Texas 6-2 0.750 12-4 0.750 W4
Mary Hardin-Baylor 5-4 0.556 12-5 0.706 W1
Hardin-Simmons 3-5 0.375 5-11 0.313 L1
Howard Payne 3-5 0.375 7-9 0.438 L2
McMurry 3-6 0.333 4-11 0.267 L8