Patriots split with Mississippi College


CLINTON, Miss. — The UT Tyler basketball teams split an American Southwest Conference doubleheader with Mississippi College on Thursday at A.E. Wood Coliseum.

In the first game, the Patriot women’s squad won its sixth game in-a-row, defeating the Lady Choctaws 60-56. The 17th win ties the record for the most victories in the Patriot women’s program history.

In the men’s game, Mississippi College held off the Patriots, 74-67.

Women

After trailing by as many as nine points in the first half, the Patriots (17-7, 12-6) fought back to even the score with 3:30 on the clock, eventually taking a 29-28 lead at the half.

Mississippi College (12-11, 9-8) retook the lead in the second half, going up 48-43 with 7:15 left in regulation, but the Patriots were not done.

Teylor Seals tied the game 48-48 with a clutch 3-pointer just a minute and a half later, which sparked UT Tyler over the remaining five minutes.

The Patriots went on a 12-2 run, helping to seal the win.

Brittany King led the way for the Patriots with 17 points to go with seven rebounds, while Seals finished with 14 points. Teammates Danai Woods and She’Cara Humphrey finished with 10 points each.

The Patriots are tied with UT Dallas for second place in the East.

Men

Despite another double-double from Darren Houliston (13 points, 10 rebounds), the Patriots could not rally. They fell a game behind UT Dallas in the East Division race.

The Patriots (17-7, 12-6) were able to go up by eight points in the first half, after Nathan Harbour knocked down a jumper with 10:49 remaining before intermission.

Over the next 10 minutes, Mississippi College (13-10, 9-8) went on a 27-15 run to close out the first half for a 38-34 lead at the half.

In the second half, UT Tyler tied the score at 38-38 with 18:05 left to play, but the Choctaws controlled the rest of the game.

Houliston made a free throw with 1:12 remaining to cut the Choctaws lead to 69-67, but that was as close as the Patriots could get.

MC finished the last minute of the game on a 5-0 run, keeping the Patriots from scoring.

Tyler Hysell finished with 12 points for the Patriots, while teammates Tre Potter and Jordan Cannon finished with eight points apiece.

The Patriots were 20 of 21 from the free throw line.

Brandon Blake led the Choctaws with 19 points, while Turmonte Ragland added 18.

Both teams close out the regular season on Saturday with a doubleheader against Louisiana College in Pineville, La. The women play at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.