The UT Tyler basketball teams closed out the home portion of their season with a sweep of Belhaven Thursday night at the Herrington Patriot Center.
The Patriot women defeated the Blazers 84-49 to win their seventh straight game and improve to 18-5 overall.
The Patriot men won 104-66 to snap a two-game losing skid and move to 15-8 overall.
The UT Tyler teams will conclude the regular season on the road next week. The Patriots play at Ozarks on Feb. 16 and at UT Dallas on Feb. 18.
Michelle Obach and Dia Evans led the Patriots with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as UT Tyler won for the 10th time in their last 11 games.
The Patriots never trailed against the Blazers (11-11) as they stormed out to a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 40-24 halftime advantage.
The game was much different from the first time the two teams met, when the Patriots won 104-95 in overtime on Jan. 21 in Jackson, Mississippi.
UT Tyler lead coach Kendra Hassell credited a more intense defense as the difference in the two contests.
“I saw a lot of defensive intensity, a lot of energy,” Hassell said.
“On defense, when we got stops, we were able to turn that into offense and I feel like things are starting to click for our team. We are making the right reads. When we sprint the floor, we making the right pass and hitting shots.”
Fifteen different Patriots scored in the game as they outscored Belhaven 44-25 in the second half for the final 35-point margin of victory.
The second matchup between the Patriots and Blazers was much different than the first.
In Jackson, on Jan. 21, UT Tyler escaped with a 75-73 victory. In the rematch, the game was nowhere near as close.
The Patriots shot 62.1 percent from the field and were 9 of 25 from behind the three-point line as they turned a 15-point halftime lead into a 37-point rout with 50 second-half points after scoring 54 in the first half.
Skyler Hadden led the Patriots with 17 points. Jordan Francis added 16, Melvin Anthony 13 and Tyler Jacobs 12 as 13 UT Tyler players scored in the game.
It was the second time this season UT Tyler scored more than 100 points. The only other time they did was a triple-overtime 106-101 victory against Hardin-Simmons on Dec. 10.
Seniors Deion Robinson, Francis, Jacobs, Alan Long and Deon Rodgers were honored before the game before playing in their final home contest.
UT Tyler 84, Belhaven 49
Belhaven 9 15 12 13 – 49
UT Tyler 19 21 18 26 – 84
BELHAVEN – Candler Gregory, 4; Sierra Pittman, 8; Samara Dingiswayo, 17; Vamikka Smith, 6; Erika Smith, 2; Kelsey Brown, 2; Ke’Asia Gray, 4; Courtney Harper, 2; Maleah Isaac, 4.
UT TYLER – Michelle Obach, 14; Makenzi May, 2; Re’Elle Miller, 9; D’Onna Matthews, 6; Dia Evans, 13; Elisha Leathers, 3; Cami Davis, 3; Macie Arrington, 8; Demi Cumby, 2; Samantha Odom, 2; Alexus Bertrand, 5; Madison Wilson, 4; Carissa Spiker, 5; Shuntay Raglin, 6; Adrienne Drake, 2.
THREE-POINTERS – Belhaven: Samara Dingiswayo (5). UT Tyler: Michelle Obach (2), Dia Evans, Elisha Leathers, Cami Davis, Macie Arrington (2), Alexus Bertrand, Carissa Spiker.
RECORDS – Belhaven 11-11, UT Tyler 18-5.
NEXT UP – Belhaven at LeTourneau, 1 p.m. Saturday. UT Tyler at Ozarks, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
UT Tyler 104, Belhaven 66
Belhaven 39 27 - 66
UT Tyler 54 50 -104
BELHAVEN – Ron Davis, 11; Brent Webber, 11; DJ Young-Beasley, 10; Brandon Pressley, 12; Rick Hodum, 11; Terik Richardson, 2; Justin Jones, 4; Team, 5.
UT TYLER – Deion Robinson, 4; Jordan Francis, 16; Tyler Jacobs, 12; Josh Tatum, 6; Alan Long, 9; Melvin Anthony, 13; Skyler Hadden, 17; Verlo Levels, 2; Davis Moore, 3; Anthony Sanders, 7; Omar Mohamed, 4; Jamal Green-Gaskin, 4; Emeka Obukwelu, 7.
THREE-POINTERS – Belhaven: Ron Davis, Brent Webber (2), DJ Young-Beasley (2), Rock Hodum (2). UT Tyler: Jordan Francis (2), Alan Long, Melvin Anthony (2), Skyler Hadden (3), Davis Moore (1).
RECORDS – Belhaven 4-18. UT Tyler 15-8.
NEXT UP – Belhaven at LeTourneau, 3 p.m. Saturday. UT Tyler at Ozarks, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16.