Patriots stay unbeaten


SEGUIN — For the first time in program history, the UT Tyler men’s basketball team is 4-0.

Darren Houliston sanked two free throws with 1.67 seconds left to break the tie and lead the Patriots to a 63-60 win over Texas Lutheran at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday in an American Southwest Conference game.

In the women’s game, She’Cara Humphrey and Taylor Murphy combined for 31 points to lead the Patriots to a 60-54 win over TLU.

Men

With the game tied 60-60, Houliston took a Tre Potter pass and was fouled. After making the free throws for a 62-60 lead, the Bulldogs turned the ball over and Travis Dykman made one of two free throw attempts for the final score.

UT Tyler (4-0, 3-0) was led by Tre Potter’s 16 points and seven rebounds. Houliston added 15 points and eight rebounds. Dykman pitched in 13.

“These guys are tough, and they just played in a war against Texas Lutheran,” Patriot coach Kenny Bizot said. “We talked a lot this week about what it would mean to start 4-0 this season, and now we have done that.”

Texas Lutheran (2-4, 1-1) was led by Brendan Holderread’s 15 points.

The Patriots meet Division I opponent McNeese State on Monday in Lake Charles, La. Tipoff is 6:30 p.m.

WOMen

Humphrey scored 16 and grabbed six rebounds to pace the win. Murphy added 1 points. Teylor Seals contributed nine points and six boards as the Patriots improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.

TLU (1-5, 0-2) was led by Katy Scott’s 18 points and eight rebounds.

UT Tyler returns home on Thursday to face Jarvis Christian College. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.