Edwardsville, IL (Sports Network) - Led by 16 points from Mike Liabo, the
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks edged the SIU Edwardsville Cougars, 65-62, in an
Ohio Valley Conference battle at the Vadalabene Center.
Jeremy Washington added 15 points for the Skyhawks (5-16, 2-7 OVC), while
Myles Taylor posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
For the Cougars (7-11, 3-5), Mark Yelovich finished with 16 points and Jerome
Jones chipped in with 13 points.
UT Martin shot well to start the game, hitting on 48.3 percent from the field,
including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, as the Skyhawks took a 34-28 lead into
the break. SIUE was held to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field,
including 2-of-9 from 3-point distance.
After halftime, the Cougars improved their shooting, connecting on 46.4
percent of their field goal tries and 4-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. The
Skyhawks kept pace, making 47.4 percent of their shots from the field in the
second half, including 2-of-3 from 3-point distance. After trailing the
entire half, by as many as 10, the Cougars were able to tie it at 52-52 with
just over six minutes to play. They were finally able to take the lead at
60-59 with 2:05 to play in regulation, but the Skyhawks finished the game
scoring six of the last eight points to secure the victory.
The Skyhawks had a 35-28 rebounding edge for the game and outscored the
Cougars in the paint, 26-16.
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