OVC Ball Statbox
|3-2 (0-0 OVC)|
|4-1 (0-0 Big 10)|
|23/52 (44.2%)||Field Goals||26/55 (47.3%)|
|11/27 (40.7%)||3-Point FG||10/23 (43.5%)|
|7/7 (100.0%)||Free Throws||13/16 (81.3%)|
|25 (5/20)||Rebounds (O/D)||34 (10/24)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
UT Martin offense
|Points:||Howard (18)||Pitchford (19)|
|Rebounds:||Smith (6)||Rivers (6)|
|Assists:||Smith (6)||Petteway (8)|
|Steals:||Smith, Newell (3)||Petteway (2)|
- The Skyhawks led 24-23 before Nebraska finished the first half on a 17-3 run. UT Martin won the second half by two points.
- UT Martin didn’t shy away from the three, hitting 11-27 (40.7%) from deep on the night.
- Myles Taylor was the only Skyhawk to get to the free-throw line, hitting all seven of his attempts.
UT Martin’s rebuilding process my be quicker than I first believed. Outside of a five minute period at the end of the first half — where the Skyhawks couldn’t buy a bucket, the Skyhawks were even with the Cornhuskers on the road. Twymond Howard continues his impressive start to the year, but what impressed me most is how quick the backcourt is. Deville Smith is a great point guard, and they’ve got enough guys, including Howard, that can shoot the three that they’re a threat all over the court. Watching this game, I never felt that UT Martin look slow or sluggish compared to Nebraska. With the exception of the loss, this was a hugely encouraging game for UT Martin’s prospects when conference play rolls around.
UT Martin went toe-to-toe with Big Ten Conference member Nebraska this evening before the Cornhuskers claimed a 75-64 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The Skyhawks were within four points with nine minutes left to play, and stayed within single-digits for a majority of the time the rest of the way until the Cornhuskers made five of six free throws in the final minute.
Twymond Howard led four Skyhawks in double-figures in the scoring column, pouring in 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Deville Smith finished with 15 points on a career-best five 3-pointers, game-high six rebounds, team-best six assists and game-high three steals.
Myles Taylor sank all seven of his free throw attempts on his way to 11 points while Alex Anderson added 10 points for UT Martin. The Skyhawks knocked down 11 three-pointers but committed 18 turnovers and lost the rebounding battle (34-25) for the first time all season.
Nebraska, who was ranked at No. 21 nationally for the first two weeks of the season, was led by 19 points on six 3-pointers by Walter Pitchford. Preseason All-American Terran Petteway scored 18 points with a game-high eight assists to round out the double-digit scorers for Nebraska (4-1). The Skyhawks held Shavon Shields, who was the nation’s fifth-leading scorer at 23.5 points per game, to five points.
“Nebraska is obviously very, very good,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “We had a chance to lie down a couple times and we didn’t – we really battled. We didn’t do a very good job on the glass and they hit some really timely shots. I’m never happy when we lose but I’m proud of our group.”
Nebraska opened the game with three 3-pointers in the first two minutes but the Skyhawks soon took their first lead of the game at 10-9 thanks to a Smith trey at the 16:22 mark.
The Huskers answered with an 8-0 run over the next 1:25 but a Howard three-pointer and Arkeem Joseph hook shot in the paint chipped UT Martin’s deficit to 17-15 with less than 13 minutes to go in the first half.
Another Howard trifecta and four straight free throws from Taylor resulted in a 7-2 Skyhawk run which tilted the score back in UT Martin’s favor at 24-23 with 6:36 remaining in the first half.
However, Nebraska closed out the half on a 17-3 run – including nine unanswered points in the final 91 seconds after a Marshun Newell three-pointer made the score 33-27.
Howard had 10 points to pace the Skyhawks in the first half while Pitchford’s 12 points led Nebraska, who made eight 3-pointers while shooting 57.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc in the first 20 minutes.
The Skyhawks scored six of the first nine points in the second half to close in within 10 points (43-33) when Anderson converted a steal and went coast-to-coast for a fast break layup. Nebraska then pieced together a 9-0 run over the next 3:15 to go ahead by a 52-33 margin with 14:26 left to play.
UT Martin then went on a lengthy run, as the Skyhawks outscored Nebraska 17-2 over the next 4:55 to get back in the game. It was Smith who had the hot hand, as he sank a trio of three-pointers during the run – including a trey from the right wing at the 9:14 mark that made the score 54-50.
The Huskers followed with six unanswered points before another Smith triple resulted in a seven-point deficit (60-53) for UT Martin with 7:27 to go. Pitchford’s final three-pointer of the evening pushed Nebraska’s lead out to 67-55 with 4:22 remaining but the Skyhawks kept grinding, as a three-pointer by Anderson and five straight points by Howard pulled UT Martin within eight points. However, Nebraska made its free throws down the stretch to hold off a Skyhawk rally.
UT Martin continues its stretch of six road games in a row with matchups at Northern Kentucky (Wednesday, Dec. 3) and at Longwood (Saturday, Dec. 6) next week.
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