OVC Ball Statbox
|1-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|0-1 (0-0 Sun Belt)|
|26/55 (47.3%)||Field Goals||26/45 (57.8%)|
|8/20 (40.0%)||3-Point FG||6/11 (54.5%)|
|15/24 (62.5%)||Free Throws||15/20 (75.0%)|
|30 (12/18)||Rebounds (O/D)||27 (4/23)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
UT Martin offense
Arkansas State offense
|Points:||Howard (23)||Livingston (26)|
|Rebounds:||Taylor (9)||Livingston (9)|
|Assists:||Smith (5)||Golden (3)|
|Steals:||Smith (5)||Three Tied With 2|
Down by 19 points early in the second half, UT Martin charged back to down Arkansas State 75-73, to give first-year head coach Heath Schroyer his first win as a Skyhawk.
“Our guys just never stopped believing,” Schroyer said after the game. “We made some adjustments at halftime and our guys executed. My hats off to the coaching staff – I couldn’t be happier for the guys on the team, the program and the university.”
Down by 16 points at the halftime break and 19 points with 18:54 left remaining, Twymond Howard and Marshun Newell combined to score 33 of UT Martin’s 52 points to snap a seven-game skid against the perennial Sun Belt Conference power.
Arkansas State led 61-59 with 6:46 remaining, when UT Martin scored seven unanswered to take jump ahead by five. Back-to-back layups by Javier Martinez and Myles Taylor kept UT Martin’s lead at five points (70-65) with 3:22 remaining, but Arkansas State battled within two points less than a minute later.
From that point forward, the Skyhawk trio of Alex Anderson, Deville Smith and Taylor sealed the game with five free throws in the final minute to cap off UT Martin’s comeback.
Howard poured in 21 of his team-best 23 points in the second half, shooting 9-for-15 from the floor to go along with five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 37 minutes. Newell tallied 12 of his 15 points in the final half, connecting on a career-high four 3-pointers (in five attempts).
Taylor narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds while the backcourt of Smith (11 points, five assists, five steals and three rebounds) and Alex Anderson (nine points, three steals) helped UT Martin shoot 56.7 percent (17-for-30) in the second half.
Arkansas State was led by Anthony Livingston’s 26 points and nine rebounds. Cameron Golden (17) and Sean Gardner (15) also reached double-figures in the scoring column for the Red Wolves.
The Skyhawks head home for the first time this season on Thursday to host Champion Baptist.