OVC Ball Statbox
|3-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|2-4 (0-0 MEAC)|
|22/52 (42.3%)||Field Goals||15/43 (34.9%)|
|7/21 (33.3%)||3-Point FG||5/12 (41.7%)|
|23/36 (63.9%)||Free Throws||21/29 (72.4%)|
|35 (10/25)||Rebounds (O/D)||29 (8/21)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
UT Martin offense
Bethune Cookman offense
|Points:||Taylor (16)||Trapp (11)|
|Rebounds:||Taylor (9)||Brewer (6)|
|Assists:||Smith, Oldham (5)||Kynard (3)|
|Steals:||Taylor, Smith (2)||Dulin (2)|
- UT Martin wins their third straight game for the first time since early last December of last season. It’s the first 3-1 start since 2005-06.
- Myles Taylor leads the Skyhawks with 16 points. He’s second on the team in scoring, and despite three straight double-digit games, currently has his lowest scoring average (by season) of his career. (That might actually be a very good thing)
- The Skyhawks have two road wins this year — the rest of the league combined have just three road wins.
This is a good win. It’s not a great win. Bethune Cookman scored 39 points at Arizona State less than two weeks ago, and hasn’t scored more than 65 in any contest against Division I competition. You’ll take any win on the road you can get.
There’s little doubt UT Martin is better than they were a year ago. We’ve still yet to see how much better. Their three recent wins are against a non-Division I team, and two teams who have one combined D-I win. Still — these are games you could make the argument UT Martin might have struggled with, possibly even lost a year ago. (Not Champion Baptist…but the other two)
Last season, there were one and a half offensive weapons — Taylor, and sometimes Mike Liabo. This year, the Skyhawks can put four guys on the floor at the same time that can score. That’s the biggest difference so far between this year and last.
A balanced scoring attack lifted UT Martin to its third consecutive victory tonight, as the Skyhawks defeated Bethune-Cookman by a 74-56 margin.
The Skyhawks boasted six players with eight or more points this evening, led by Myles Taylor’s 16 points. The senior forward went 4-for-6 from the floor and sank all eight of his free throw attempts while adding nine rebounds in 23 minutes.
Marshun Newell tied a career-high with four 3-pointers, scoring 15 points in 20 minutes tonight. Twymond Howard rode a strong first half to 14 points and seven rebounds while the backcourt trio of Alex Anderson, Deville Smith (five assists, four rebounds, three blocks, two steals) and Dee Oldham (five assists, seven rebounds and a steal) also added eight points apiece for UT Martin, who shot 52.4 percent (11-for-21) in the second half and knocked down 88.5 percent of its free throw attempts (23-for-26) for the game.
Bethune-Cookman (2-3) was led by Mikel Trapp (11 points) and Denzel Dulin (10 points). The Skyhawk defense held the Wildcats to 34.9 percent shooting for the contest (15-for-43) while winning the battle on the glass (37-28) for the fourth straight game.
“It was a huge win for us to come on the road and get a true road win in a hostile environment,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “We didn’t come out great in the first couple of minutes but we made great adjustments again at halftime. I’m really proud of the guys.”
Howard came out rolling, scoring the first six points for UT Martin. After a layup by Taylor evened the score at 8-all at the 17:15 mark of the first half, Bethune-Cookman went on an 8-1 run over a stretch of five minutes to take its biggest lead of the night at 16-9.
The Skyhawks then answered right back with a 16-3 run, ignited by six consecutive points by Newell. All in all, five different UT Martin players pitched in with points during the lengthy run which resulted in a 25-19 Skyhawk lead with 7:14 left to play in the first half.
In the second half, the Wildcats were within single-digits until a three-point shooting spree by Newell quickly provided UT Martin with a comfortable advantage. The redshirt senior guard out of Memphis canned three trifectas in a span of 3:45 to help the Skyhawks go on a 13-0 run.
A three-pointer by Smith resulted in the biggest lead of the night for UT Martin (68-42) with seven minutes remaining as the stingy Skyhawk defense limited Bethune-Cookman to just two field goals in the final 9:05 of the contest.
With the win, UT Martin starts the season at 3-1 overall for the first time since the 2005-06 Skyhawk squad won four of its first five games. Tonight’s win was also the biggest margin of victory in a nonconference road game since UT Martin won 84-65 at Central Arkansas on Dec. 31, 2008.
The Skyhawks return to action on Friday, Nov. 28 when they travel to Nebraska out of the Big Ten Conference. The game, which will be broadcasted live on ESPN3, is slated to tip off at 7 p.m.