|Skyhawks have no luck in Vegas |
|LAS VEGAS — UNLV’s Wink Adams must have been studying UT Martin box scores early last week. Adams is the third player last week to lead his team to a victory over the Skyhawks from UT Martin. |
If Adams saw the Skyhawks’ box scores from Monday’s Morehead State game and Wednesday’s battle at Eastern Kentucky he realized the Skyhawks were suspect in the first half on defense.
Regardless of what Adams saw, he led the UNLV Runnin Rebs to a 74-48 victory over the Skyhawks Saturday in the Thomas and Mack Center. While most folks in Vegas were either gambling on the strip or waiting for kickoff in the Las Vegas Bowl (BYU vs. UCLA), Adams was busy picking apart the UTM defense. He led UNLV with 20 points and hit 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3 point range. Nineteen of his 20 points came in the first half.
UNLV led at the half 44-16. As a team UNLV shot 55 percent from the field and 60 percent from 3-point range in the first half. The Runnin Rebels’ stat sheet was almost identical to Eastern Kentucky’s earlier in the week. Morehead State also blistered the nets in the first half (71 percent) against the Skyhawks on Dec. 17. All three teams enjoyed comfortable half time leads against the Skyhawks.
UT Martin out-scored UNLV in the second half, 32-30. It’s a trend that has also been carried throughout the week.
Junior Lester Hudson, who entered the week as the nation’s leading scorer, led the Skyhawks against UNLV with 26 points and 11 rebounds. For Hudson it was his fifth double-double of the season. He has also scored double-digit points in all 12 of the Skyhawks’ games this season. He enjoyed a career-high 36 points against Morehead State last week.
Freshman Benzor Simmons came off the bench and tossed in eight points for the Skyhawks against UNLV. Simmons also had four rebounds in 11 minutes of playing time.
UNLV won the battle on the boards 45-42, but the Skyhawks got 11 rebounds from Hudson and seven boards from freshman Andres Irarrazabal.
While UNLV cashed in with Adams, the Runnin Rebs also forced 19 Skyhawk turnovers and out-scored UT Martin 20-14 on points off turnovers.
UT Martin falls to 5-7 on the year and will wrap up the 2007 portion of its slate Saturday in Nashville against nationally ranked Vanderbilt. Tipoff is set for noon at Memorial Gym.
“What this team has to figure out is how to put 40 minutes of basketball together,” said Bret Campbell, the Skyhawks’ head coach.