The UT Tyler basketball teams continued their stellar seasons, scoring a doubleheader sweep of Jarvis Christian College on Thursday at the Herrington Patriot Center.
The Patriots used their up-tempo style in capturing a 90-71 win over JCC, their second victory over a Red River Conference team this season. They opened the season with a 119-98 victory over Paul Quinn College.
In the women’s game, the Patriots shot a sizzling 60 percent in registering a 73-46 win over the Lady Bulldogs.
The UT Tyler and JCC women play again on Dec. 31 in Hawkins.
Six Patriots hit in double figures, with Darren Houliston powering his way to a double-double, hitting 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Jordan Cannon, a junior guard from Las Vegas, paced the Patriots with 16 points. Others in double digits were Dallas Bean (14), Joe Stephens (13), Nathan Harbour (11) and Travis Dykman (10). Bill Hopson almost made it seven with nine points.
“The first half we guarded them and we played well offensively,” said Patriot coach Kenny Bizot, whose team improved to 5-1 on the season, its only loss to Division I McNeese State on Monday.
“We were a little sloppy in the second half, but they attacked better.”
Marcus O’Key led the Bulldogs (2-6) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Nathan Johnson added 14 points.
It was only the second win all-time for the Patriots against JCC’s five wins.
Brittany King, a junior from Arlington, led UT Tyler with 19 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Murphy was perfect from the field in scoring 14 points. Murphy, the junior from Springdale, Ark., 5 for 5 including four 3-pointers.
The Patriots improved to 3-3 on the season, while Jarvis Christian fell to 1-4.
Pittsburg junior She’Cara Humphrey had a solid game with 12 points and seven boards. Teylor Seals, a sophomore guard from Houston, had four steals.
Kendra Gilford, a senior guard from Houston, led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points. Dinilesizwe Love, a senior guard from Jackson, Tenn., and Breanna Robinson, a junior forward from Kansas City, Kan., each hit for six points.
Both Patriot teams return to American Southwest Conference action on Saturday as they play host to Hardin-Simmons. The women tip off at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.