Southeast Missouri State (14-13) at Tennessee-Martin (8-20)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 22, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Elam Center (5,000) -- Martin, Tennessee. Television: None. Home Record: SEMO 7-4, UTM 5-7. Away Record: SEMO 4-9, UTM 3-13. Neutral Record: SEMO 3-0, UTM 0-0. Conference Record: SEMO 5-8, UTM 3-10. Series Record: Southeast Missouri State leads, 44-27.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Ohio Valley Conference foes will battle for the second time in three outings, as the Southeast Missouri Redhawks visit the Tennessee- Martin Skyhawks.
Just 10 days ago, the Skyhawks beat the Redhawks, 79-70, on the road. Myles Taylor and Marshun Newell both poured in 18 points, as UT-Martin picked up just its third conference win of the campaign. Taylor added eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks to his performance for the Skyhawks, who also got 13 points off the bench from Dee Oldham, and a dozen more from Mike Liabo.
The Redhawks were led by Tyler Stone's 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. Josh Langford tallied 14 points for SEMO, which led the game by a point with just over five minutes left before the Skyhawks pulled away.
A 7-0 run gave UT-Martin the lead for good. The Skyhawks hit 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 52 seconds to secure the win. The Redhawks committed 14 turnovers on the night, which UTM converted into 18 points.
However, since that game, UT-Martin fell to Tennessee Tech, 91-83, and SE Missouri State beat Jacksonville State, 87-70. Both games were on Thursday night.
Stone again led the Redhawks with 28 points and nine rebounds as the team cruised past the Gamecocks to improve to 5-8 in the OVC. Jarekious Bradley tacked on 15 points for SEMO, which has won two of three to move over .500 for the season at 14-13.
The Skyhawks, in their loss to the Golden Eagles, were led by Dee Oldham's 23 points. Terence Smith tallied 15 points, Mike Liabo notched 11 and Javier Martinez added 10 with seven boards for the Skyhawks, who have lost five of their last six bouts to fall to 3-10 in the OVC and just 8-20 overall.
Stone and Bradley lead the Redhawks in scoring. Stone averages 19.4 ppg, which is the second-best scoring output in the OVC, while Bradley is right behind in third place with 19.2 ppg. For the season, SEMO puts up 82.3 ppg on 49.4 percent field goal efficiency.
Taylor leads the Skyhawks in scoring with 15.2 ppg, the ninth-best average in the OVC. Smith adds 14.3 ppg, Liabo 12.8 ppg and Newell nets 11 ppg for the Skyhawks, who average 74 ppg but yield more than 80 ppg.
Although in the midst of playing its final four games at home, UT-Martin has been struggling, and without anything to play for, it's tough to see the Skyhawks getting up for this one. The Redhawks are batting to stay above .500 and avenge a loss just two games ago.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: SE Missouri State 84, Tennessee-Martin 75
02/22 11:08:13 ET