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LETU Men's, Women's basketball defeated by UT Tyler Tuesday night

TYLER,  December 18, 2013—Both the LeTourneau University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams were defeated by University of Texas- Tyler in their matchups on Tuesday night.

A quick 9-0 spurt midway through the first half was just enough to lead host University of Texas-Tyler to a 75-61 win over the LeTourneau University men’s basketball team on Tuesday night at the Herrington Patriot Center.

The YellowJackets (2-5, 1-3 ASC) built an early lead on the strength of 3 pointers by sophomore Ladaria Brown and junior Aaron Frizell as they built a 10-6 lead on the host Patriots. Both Brown and Frizell finished in double figures in the loss, scoring 14 and 19 points, respectively. The two was joined in double figures by senior Justin Jones, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double double of the young season.

The Patriots (4-3, 3-2 ASC) exhibited balanced scoring with an inside-outside game. Senior Joe Stephens led UTT with 17 points on the strength of four 3 pointers. He was joined in double figures by three others – DeMarcus Metcalf came off the bench to add 14; plus, Tre Potter with 11 and Travis Dykman with 10.

When LeTourneau junior Zach Driver made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 24 with 2:07 to play in the first 20 minutes, the Patriots scored six unanswered points to close out the half for a 30-24 lead.

The Patriots scored six of the first eight points in the second half to build a double-digit lead but LeTourneau could only cut the deficit to as little as six on a pair of occasions in the second half. To spark the YellowJackets, Brown scored 14 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Next, LeTourneau will close out the 2013 portion of its schedule when they travel to Clarksville, Arkansas, on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m., to face Ozarks.

LeTourneau senior Alexis Wighaman scored a career-high 15 points for the second-straight game in a 75-69 loss to the University of Texas-Tyler on Tuesday night at the Herrington Patriot Center.

With the game tied at 55 and 6:48 to play, a three-point play by the Patriots’ Taylor Murphy put the home team up for the rest of the contest. The YellowJackets managed to cut the deficit to one on a pair of occasions but could not complete the comeback for the win.

In the win, University of Texas-Tyler senior post She’Cara Humphrey scored a career-high 35 points on the strength of an 11-for-21 effort from the field and a 13-for-17 performance at the free-throw line. She was joined in double digits by Teylor Seals, who added 13. With the win, the Patriots remain in front of the ASC with a 5-0 conference mark and 7-1 overall record.

The loss drops the YellowJackets to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the ASC.  Wighaman was joined in double figures by senior Ashley Fajardo, who added 11. Despite the loss, LeTourneau freshman guards Ashley Reed and Bria Goodman each scored a career-best 7 points. Defensively, LETU held the Patriots to 31.5% percent shooting from the field. Plus, the bench outscored their counterparts by a 27 to 17 margin.

The game was tight for most of the 40 minutes as the game featured seven tied scores and seven more lead changes. LeTourneau held its last lead when freshman Meagan Peters scored on a layup with 16:36 to put the visitors from Longview up, 36-35 with 16:35 to play.

However, the Patriots and Humphrey had an answer scored the next four points to regain an advantage that only would see the YellowJacket tie the score on three occasions.

Next, the YellowJackets will close out the 2013 portion of its schedule on Thursday, Dec. 19, with a 5:30 p.m., tilt in Clarksville, Arkansas, as they face Ozarks.

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