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Weddle’s career night not enough for UTM

Weddle’s career night not enough for UTM
Weddle’s career night not enough for UTM

UT Martin’s Marquis Weddle drives to the basket during a game earlier this season against Murray State. Weddle, a Union City native, matched his career-high with 30 points in the Skyhawks’ 100-95 loss to Tennessee Tech Thursday evening.
Marquis Weddle tied his career high with 30 points, but it was all for naught in UT Martin’s 100-95 loss to Tennessee Tech.
The Union City native swished eight 3-pointers with an 11-for-23 (8-of-16 from beyond the arc) evening from the field in 34 minutes of action. Weddle also pulled down four rebounds with two assists dished out.
However, Tennessee Tech had six players score in double-digits Thursday night as the Golden Eagles took the Ohio Valley Conference triumph over the Skyhawks at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
Amadi McKenzie and Anthony Fisher scored 21 points each, while Frank Davis knocked down six 3-pointers and tallied 20 points in the game. Daniel Northern recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 13 rebounds and 14 points. Rashaud Nixon and Ra’shun Bryant scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Tech shot a blistering 63 percent from the field in the first half and 50 percent from 3-point range to claim a 51-36 halftime lead.
Late in the second half, UTM cut the Tech lead down to single digits. Weddle hit a 3-pointer with 2:46 to play in the game and the Skyhawks cut the Tech lead to 11 points. The Skyhawks used a 9-4 run capped off by a Carlos Wright layup to make it a four-point game with 53 seconds to play.
The Skyhawks could never pull closer through.
Junior Lester Hudson, among the top three in the nation, finished the game with 27 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals. With the three steals, Hudson set a new school record for the most steals in a single season. He has 77 steals on the year with at least seven more games to play this season.
Freshman Benzor Simmons made his first career start as a Skyhawk and scored a career-high 18 points. Simmons was 9-for-14 from the field and had five rebounds.
The Skyhawks shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game shooting 53 percent from the field.
With the loss the Skyhawks fall to 6-8 in the OVC race and 10-14 on the year. Tennessee Tech is 7-7 in the league standings and 10-14 overall.
The Skyhawks return to action Saturday night when they play at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center.

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