|UTM falls at buzzer |
|MARTIN — Leon Buchanan made a layup with one second on the clock to give visiting Morehead State an 81-79 Ohio Valley Conference victory over UT Martin Saturday afternoon at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. |
The Skyhawks had used a 15-6 run over the last 3:37 to knot the game at 79-all. Gerald Robinson capped off the run when he hit two free throws with nine seconds left in the game.
UT Martin led 39-37 at the half, but Morehead State staged a comeback behind the efforts of Kenneth Faried, who scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the contest. The Eagles also improved their shooting in the second half. Morehead State shot 30 percent from 3-point range in the first half and then turned up the heat in the second half by shooting a blistering 57.1 percent from behind the arc.
The Eagles hit 7-of-17 3-pointers. Maze Stallworth led Morehead State with 20 points, while Buchanan knocked down 18 points, including 8-of-8 free throws. In addition to the game winner, Buchanan scored the Eagles last six points of the game.
UTM’s Lester Hudson led all scorers with 32 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Marquis Weddle from Union City scored 24 points and Robinson added 18 points.
Weddle scored 15 points in the first half and hit three 3-pointers. Hudson was 8-of-17 from the field and 5-for-10 from 3-point range. He also hit 11-of-13 free throws. Hudson scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the final 3:23 of the game.
Morehead State took advantage of 16 Skyhawk turnovers and outscored the hosts 24-17 on points off turnovers. Morehead State also out-rebounded UT Martin 34-30.
Buchanan added 10 rebounds to his 18 points for a double-double.
With the loss, the UTM men fall to 8-10 on the year and 4-4 in the OVC standings.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak and also left the Skyhawks a game below .500 when they play on national television. Saturday’s contest was broadcast on ESPNU.
Morehead State has now won both meetings against UT Martin this season and improves to 6-9 on the year and 4-4 in the league.
UT Martin returns to action Thursday when it plays at Austin Peay. The Skyhawks will return to the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center Saturday when they host rival Murray State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.