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UTM ‘glue’ sticks it to Elon

UTM ‘glue’ sticks it to Elon
 MARTIN — Senior Djero Riedewald grabbed a career high 15 rebounds and scored 12 points to lead The University of Tennessee at Martin to a 82-65 men’s basketball victory over visiting Elon University Saturday night in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

“Djero continues to bring great energy to our team,” the Skyhawks head coach Bret Campbell said. “He’s a glue guy who helps hold this team together.”

After three games, Riedewald leads the Skyhawks in rebounding. He opened the season with six rebounds in 17 minutes against Maryville University. Against No. 14 Tennessee, he struggled offensively against the bigger Vols, but he grabbed 10 rebounds in a disappointing setback. With 15 boards against Elon, Riedewald enters this week with games set against Arkansas State and Southern Cal averaging 7.0 rebounds per game.

While Riedewald has been cleaning the boards, senior Lester Hudson has been showing off his inside prowess. 

Hudson was 11-for-21 from the field against Elon with 29 points. 

However, he was a disappointing 1-for-7 from 3-point range. Hudson netted 20 points against the Vols but struggled from behind the arc, where he was 3-for-14. 

In the season opener, the Memphis native was 4-for-8 from 3-point range but scored 27 points. Hudson is averaging 25.3 points per game.

Hudson acknowledged his struggles from the perimeter against Elon, but said it wasn’t a concern. “We weren’t hitting from outside so we took it inside and that’s how we won the game.

The Skyhawks jumped out to a 37-20 lead at halftime against Elon. Hudson scored nine points in the first half, while Riedewald had nine first-half rebounds.

The Skyhawks were 0-for-9 from 3-point range in the second half and 3-for-18 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc in the game.

“To only make three of 18 3-pointers and score 82 points is encouraging,” Campbell said.

The Skyhawks (2-1) return to action Tuesday night when they host Arkansas State in the Elam Center. 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

“The No. 1 key to beating Arkansas State is what we do on the defensive end,” Campbell said. “We can expect to play a solid team. They will grind it out and play a half-court game. Whoever sets the tempo in this game will have the advantage.”

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