RICHARDSON — Junior Brittany King hit for 26 points and hauled in 21 rebounds to power UT Tyler to a 62-57 win over UT Dallas in an American Southwest Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday at UTD Activity Center.
In the men’s game, league-leader UT Dallas rallied past the Patriots, 76-72.
UT Tyler takes the court again on Thursday, traveling to Marshall to meet East Texas Baptist. The women play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.
The win keeps the Patriots in first place in the conference standings.
The Patriots (14-3, 12-2) seemingly had the game in control, taking their biggest lead of the game, 58-44, with 4:03 left, but the Comets (13-3, 10-3) stormed back with a 13-2 run.
The outburst, led by Cushing’s Jo’Anna Davis’ seven points, brought the Comets within 59-57 with 30 seconds on the clock.
Davis had a shot to tie the game seconds later, but missed, and King hit two free-throws for the Patriots, clinching the win in the battle of the top two teams in the league.
King came within one rebound of tying the program record of 22, set by Becky Taylor in 2008.
Point guard Danai Woods also had a solid game, dishing-out nine assists, while senior She’Cara Humphrey added 17 points and six rebounds.
For the Comets, Morgan Kilgore scored 17 points, while Davis added 16.
Jordan Cannon led the Patriots with 17 points, but the squad could not hold off the Comets’ comeback.
After taking a 13-point lead with 14:44 remaining on a Bryce Kemp layup, UT Tyler (9-8, 8-6) could not contain UT Dallas (15-1, 13-0).
Chris Rios gave UT Tyler a 69-67 lead with 4:15 left to play in the second half, the last lead of the game for the Patriots.
UT Tyler would not hit another bucket until Stephon Hall’s 3-pointer with five seconds remaining, bringing the final score to 76-72.
Kyle Schleigh led the Comets with 19 points, while Carter Nash had 16.
Along with Cannon, Travis Dykman (12 points), Nathan Harbour (12) and Joe Stephens (11) were all in double-digit scoring.
Kemp led the Patriots with nine rebounds, while Harbour and Stephens had six boards apiece. Cannon had five assists and three steals.
UT Tyler 62, UT Dallas 57
UT TYLER — Danai Woods, 5; Taylor Murphy, 0; Jasmine Baskin, 0; Brittany King, 26; She’Cara Humphrey, 17; Leslie Thronburg, 2; Makenzi May, 2; Breann McMillan, 2; D’Onna Matthews, 2; Teylor Seals, 4; Madison Wilson, 2.
UT DALLAS — Madi Hess, 2; Amber Brown, 4; Christina Brosnahan, 7; Morgan Kilgore, 17; Kimmie Grimes, 5; Sharmeke Shaw, 0; Ciara Guilhas, 5; Jo’Anna Davis, 16; Sarah Wisor, 1; Madison Steele, 0; Ashley Shaw, 0.
THREE POINT GOALS — UT Tyler: Woods. UT Dallas: Grimes, Guilhas.
RECORDS — UT Tyler 14-2 (12-2), UT Dallas 13-3 (10-3).
NEXT UP — UT Tyler at East Texas Baptist, 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Hardin-Simmons at UT Dallas, 5:30 p.m. Monday.
UT Dallas 76, UT Tyler 72
UT TYLER — Jordan Cannon, 17; Bryce Kemp, 4; Travis Dykman, 12; Nathan Harbour, 12; Joe Summerville, 6; Joe Stephens, 11; Chris Rios, 7; Stephon Hall, 3.
UT DALLAS — Nolan Harvey, 11; Matthew Medell, 14; Dmitriy Chernikov, 13; Chris McOmber, 2; Kyle Schleigh, 19; Ryan Smith, 1; Zach Helmberger, 0; Carter Nash, 16.
THREE POINT GOALS — UT Tyler: Cannon (2), Dykman (2), Hall. UT Dallas: Harvey, Medell (2), Chemikov (2), Nash.
RECORDS — UT Tyler 9-8 (8-6), UT Dallas 15-1 (13-0).
NEXT UP — UT Tyler at East Texas Baptist, 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Hardin-Simmons at UT Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Monday.