The UT Tyler Men's and Women's Basketball programs were playing for more than just victories on Saturday. The Patriots partnered with the UT Tyler Police department to host a toy drive. Anyone who brought a toy was granted free admission to the basketball games. The toys were donated to the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County.
Both teams faced off against Mary Hardin-Baylor in conference games.
In the first game, the women were defeated 71-61 by UMHB. Alex Kochner led the Patriots with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
In the second game, the men defeated the Cru 95-93 in a thriller. Melvin Anthony dropped a game high 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Patriots were hot behind the arc, as they netted 15 three-pointers, which is the second most in a game in program history. With the victory, the men move to 7-2 on the season.