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TYLER, February 27, 2014— The UT Tyler men's basketball team will be the No. 5 seed at the 2014 American Southwest Conference Men's Basketball Championship, beginning February 28 in Richardson. This season, the Patriots are 14-11 overall in Jamon Copeland's first year as head coach.
UT Tyler has played in five of the last six ASC postseason tournaments, but has yet to pick up a win in the championship tournament.
Last season, the Patriots took Hardin-Simmons to triple overtime before falling 104-101 in the opening round of the championship.
This year, UT Tyler has played the top-four seeds tough, defeating three of the top four seeds, including wins over Hardin-Simmons, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia.
The Patriots are a guard-heavy team, sometimes featuring five guards on the court at the same time.
Leading the way is senior Travis Dykman, who leads the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg, while playing the most minutes of any Patriot with 32.4 minutes per game.
Dykman has played just two season with the Patriots, but ranks seventh all-time in points scored with 713 and a 14.0 ppg average, which ranks second all-time.
Senior Bryce Kemp has had a stellar year with the Patriots, averaging 12.8 ppg while leading the team with 6.9 rebounds per game from the guard position.
Kemp also ranks first in the conference in steals, averaging 2.6 per game, which also ranks 14th in the NCAA Division III.
Another guard who plays a big role is senior Joe Stephens, who plays 27.2 minutes per game, averaging 10.1 points per game.
Stephens leads the team with 46 three-pointers made, which ranks as sixth-most all-time in a season.
Jordan Cannon joined the team after the Fall semester, closing out his final season with UT Tyler averaging 12.6 ppg and handing out a team-leading 67 assists.
Head coach Jamon Copeland is in his first season as head coach, and tied the record in the regular-season finale for wins in-a-season by a first-year head coach.
Copeland has helped lead the Patriots to the fourth-highest scoring team in the conference (78.3 ppg), while ranking third in field-goal percentage, hitting 46-percent of their shots.
UT Tyler will open the tournament with Concordia (16-9), a team the Patriots defeated 80-73 just two weeks ago.
Concordia-Tx leads the ASC in team-scoring, averaging 87.7 points per game, but gives up a league-worst 86.7 on the defensive end.
Josh Sanchez (20.4 ppg) and Dwayne Patterson (19.6 ppg) rank second and third in the conference in scoring, while Patterson also ranks second in rebounding with 9.5 per game.
The Patriots and Tornados will square off at 5 p.m. at the UTD Activity Center on Friday, February 28.
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