Dykman 3 at buzzer lifts UT Tyler

Published on Saturday, 8 December 2012 23:37 - Written by Phil Hicks

Travis Dykman drained a dramatic, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift UT Tyler to a thrilling 73-72 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Saturday at the Herrington Patriot Center.

Dykman’s shot, which swished as the horn sounded causing an eruption from the crowd, helped the Patriots continue their hot streak to begin the season as UT Tyler improved to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in American Southwest Conference play.

“It was unreal — you grow up thinking about a play like that,” said Dykman, a junior transfer from Emporia State. “Coach (Kenny Bizot) and my teammates put me in position to get the ball and I got lucky and made it.”

In the first game, the Patriot women won their third straight, a 60-50 decision over the Cowgirls.

 

Men

This was the second game-winning shot by Dykman. As a senior in 2009 for Crandall, his shot at the end of overtime helped the Pirates upset powerhouse Dallas Roosevelt, 59-57, in bi-district.

“I hit one in high school, but none more dramatic than this,” said Dykman, a 6-3 forward.

Birthday boy Darren Houliston led the Patriots, powering his way to 30 points and nine rebounds. His strong work inside helped UT Tyler stay close. Dykman and Jordan Cannon added 12 points apiece.

Darius Singletary led the Cowboys with 19 points, while Eric Taylor tossed in 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

For a while it appeared the Patriots (6-1, 4-0) would not even have the opportunity for the win as they fell behind 68-60 to the much longer and beefier Cowboys (4-2, 3-1) team.

“We never give up,” UT Tyler coach Bizot said. “At 68-60, we talked about taking our time and getting some better looks and we did. Darren made some free throws and Joe (Stephens) made a big three. All of sudden you get a couple of stops and things look a little better.”

Nathan Harbour’s jumper tied the game at 68-68 with 2:41 to go and Houliston pushed the Patriots ahead 70-68 with 1:14 showing. However, Singletary scored consecutive buckets, the latter with four seconds left, to give the Cowboys a 72-70 advantage.

After a timeout, Harbour tossed the ball to Dykman near midcourt. He took a few dribbles and launched a rainbow over the outstretched hands of the Hardin-Simmons defenders. The ball swished as the red light shined and set off a celebration by the Patriots and their fans.

After the officials checked the monitor, the shot was declared in time and another celebration ensued.

“We ran a backscreen on the other side to Jordan, but he wasn’t open,” Dykman said. “Nate threw a great pass … he gave it to me on the run. I was able to get a couple of dribbles and able to get the shot off before the other defender closed on me. It was a great pass and a great play by the coaches; I just happened to be the guy to hit it. This was a great team win.”

Added Bizot: “It was a big win for us because we are still kind of new together — a new team so to speak. I’m proud we were able to hang in there, because it didn’t look good at times. We were able to execute a play that we work on to at least get a look at it. Travis made a heck of a shot.”

 

Women

The Patriots (4-3, 2-2) shot out to a double-digit lead in the first half and maintained it throughout to knock off the Cowgirls.

Taylor Murphy led a balanced attack, pacing the Patriots with 12 points. Brittany King added 10 points while She’Cara Humphrey and Olivia Burns contributed eight points each. Teylor Seals pitched in seven. Humphrey and Lauren Glasco added six boards apiece.

“I was really proud of our team,” Murphy said. “Hardin-Simmons is a really good team. We made a statement to the rest of the conference that we are here to play.”

Alexis Popelar, a former Pine Tree High School star, led the Cowgirls (4-4, 2-2) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Coco Cartwright added 12 points.

“It was a great team win over a very well-coached basketball team,” first-year UT Tyler coach Kevin Baker said. “The fact we could beat them says a lot for our team and for our program.”

Both Patriots teams return to play Saturday, hosting Northwood of Dallas. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

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Men

UT Tyler 73, Hardin-Simmons 72

HARDIN-SIMMONS (4-2, 3-1)

John Derr 1-8 0-0 3; Darius Singletary 8-14 1-4 19; George Nelson 3-8 2-2 8; Titus Mims 2-7 2-2 6; Eric Taylor 6-10 0-0 11; Bernard Stiggers 1-1 2-3 4; EZ Garcia 2-3 0-0 5; Matt Sinclair 5-11 1-3 8; Daylon Jones 0-0 0-0 0; JaMael Windom-Haynes 0-0 0-0 0; Jeff Holland 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 28-62 8-15 72.

TEXAS-TYLER (6-1, 4-0)

Jordan Cannon 5-10 0-4 12; Travis Dykman 5-13 0-0 12; Nathan Harbour 1-2 2-4 4;

Joe Stephens 3-7 0-0 7; Darren Houliston 14-20 2-4 30; Stephan Tarpley 0-1 0-0 0; Tre Potter 1-5 0-0 3; Dallas Bean 0-4 1-2 1; Billy Hopson 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 0-0 0-0 0.

Halftime – UT Tyler 33-28.

3-point goals—Hardin-Simmons 8-20 (Derr 1-5, Singletary 2-4, Nelson 0-2, Mims 0-1, Taylor 4-5, Garcia 1-2, Sinclair 0-1), Texas-Tyler 6-17 (Cannon 2-4, Dykman 2-5, Stephens 1-4, Potter 1-2, Hopson 0-2). Fouled out—Hardin-Simmons-Mims, Sinclair, Texas-Tyler-None. Rebounds—Hardin-Simmons 41 (Taylor 11), Texas-Tyler 36 (Houliston 9). Assists—Hardin-Simmons 8 (Taylor 4), Texas-Tyler 17 (Harbour 6). Total fouls—Hardin-Simmons 16, Texas-Tyler 14. Technical fouls—Hardin-Simmons-None, Texas-Tyler-None. A-573

 

Women

UT Tyler 60, Hardin-Simmons 50

HARDIN-SIMMONS (4-4, 2-2)

Alexis Popelar 7-13 4-4 19; Coco Cartwright 4-9 2-2 12; Jessi Perez 2-3 0-0 4; Taylor Rose 2-4 0-2 4; Becca Chagnon 0-3 4-4 4; Shelby Hanna 0-1 3-4 3; Jaclyn von der Heide 1-4 0-0 2; Jamie Heflin 1-6 0-0 2; Rachel Holik 0-0 0-0 0; Sara Vargas 0-1 0-0 0; Nikki Niehues 0-0 0-0 0; Shaquana Wall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-44 13-16 50.

TEXAS-TYLER (4-3, 2-2)

Taylor Murphy 4-7 0-0 12; Brittany King 4-6 2-2 10; Olivia Burns 3-8 0-0 8; She’Cara Humphrey 3-7 2-3 8; Teylor Seals 3-7 0-0 7; Mariah Wells 2-3 0-0 4; Lauren Glasco 2-2 0-0 4; Savannah Seybold 1-2 0-0 3; Danai Woods 1-8 0-0 2; Breann McMillan 1-7 0-0 2; Kenya Brown 0-0 0-0 0; Afritina Anderson 0-0 0-0 0; Brittany Brunson 0-0 0-0 0; Brionna Polk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 4-5 60.

Halftime — UT Tyler 33-21.

3-point goals—Hardin-Simmons 3-12 (Coco Cartwright 2-4; Alexis Popelar 1-4; Taylor Rose 0-1; Becca Chagnon 0-2; Jessi Perez 0-1), Texas-Tyler 8-20 (Taylor Murphy 4-7; Olivia Burns 2-6; Teylor Seals 1-2; Savannah Seybold 1-2; Danai Woods 0-2; Breann McMillan 0-1). Fouled out—Hardin-Simmons-None, Texas-Tyler-None. Rebounds—Hardin-Simmons 32 (Alexis Popelar 11), Texas-Tyler 24 (She’Cara Humphrey 6; Lauren Glasco 6). Assists—Hardin-Simmons 3 (Becca Chagnon 1; Coco Cartwright 1; Alexis Popelar 1), Texas-Tyler 11 (Danai Woods 7). Total fouls—Hardin-Simmons 12, Texas-Tyler 15. Technical fouls—Hardin-Simmons-None, Texas-Tyler-None. A-264