LAWTON, Okla. — The UT Tyler Patriots trekked across the Red River and came back with a Lone Star Conference basketball win.
Darius Alford and Micah Fuller combined for 42 points and Bradley Mason made a crucial late free throw to lift the Patriots to a 78-74 win over Cameron on Thursday at Aggie Gymnasium.
In the women’s game, Cameron downed the Patriots 89-66.
UT Tyler plays the third of a three-game road trip on Saturday, meeting Midwestern State in Wichita Falls. The women play at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m. Cameron plays host to Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday.
The Patriots return home on Thursday, hosting West Texas A&M.
Alford, a 5-11 sophomore guard from Katy Seven Lakes High School, and Fuller, a 6-1 junior guard from Bessemer, Alabama, hit for 22 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Patriots (7-15, 4-13).
The win snapped a six-game losing skid, of which UT Tyler took two teams to overtime before falling.
Mason, whose free throw with five seconds on the clock gave the Patriots a four-point lead, added 10 points.
Ansu Seasy grabbed 10 rebounds for UT Tyler with Fuller dishing out four assists and Sesay grabbing three steals.
Others scoring for the Patriots were Ty Glover (9), Omar Mohamed (5), Seasy (4), Jared Jenkins (4) and Xavier Fogle (4).
The Patriots shot 52% for the game and 48% from 3-point land.
UT Tyler took a 44-36 halftime lead.
The Aggies (6-17, 5-12) were paced by Kendall Scott’s 20 points. He was followed by Brock Schreiner (13), Darius Green (12) and Jalen Nicholas (10).
Others scoring for Cameron were Andrew Nguyen (9), Tyler Williams (4), Jordan Lewis (3), Webster Simeus (2) and Connor Slater (1).
Three Patriots scored in double figures but Cameron scored an 89-66 victory.
Carah Burdette hit for 14 points, followed by Kylea Johnson and Kelsey Crouse with 13 points apiece.
Others scoring for UT Tyler (3-18, 1-16) were Beezy Birchette (9), Tyreesha Blaylock (8), Aubree Adams (4), Lilli Stewart (3) and Miranda Villegas (2).
Ava Battese led the Aggies (11-12, 10-7) with 21 points, followed by Maighan Hedge (16) and Stephanie Peterson (11).
— Phil Hicks