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Messenger Sports Briefs for December 30

Messenger Sports Briefs for December 30

Skyhawk tandem
again OVC’s best

UT Martin’s duo of Lester Hudson and Delrico Lane have claimed the Ohio Valley Conference honors for the second consecutive week.
Hudson took his second straight overall Player of the Week, while Lane was named the league’s top newcomer for the second straight week.
Hudson led UT Martin to two wins at the FIU Holiday Tournament in Miami last week. In the event’s opener against host Florida International, Hudson scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime period. He scored a season-high 31 points in the team’s 12-point win over Fordham on Sunday.
In the team’s overtime win over host Florida International, Lane had four points, four rebounds, eight assists and seven steals in 33 minutes. In the team’s 12-point win over Fordham on Sunday, he had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lane also added four assists and four steals against the Rams.

Loyal Titans’ fans
camp out for tix

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee fans are camping outside the Titans’ stadium, waiting for the chance to buy a ticket for the team’s divisional playoff game.
About 3,500 tickets were to be available starting at 10 a.m. today. That’s about what is available for each home game at a stadium where the Titans have sold out 103 consecutive games since moving in for the 1999 season.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that, fortunately, his team gave fans the chance to camp out a second time by winning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Titans will have to win their divisional playoff game on Jan. 10. Then the Titans would host the AFC championship game for the first time ever.
Fisher says it’s a great reminder of the Titans’ great fan base and support.

UT Martin women
dropped by Rice

OXFORD, Miss. —  A career-high 16 points from Sienna Forney and Phyllisha Mitchell’s fifth double-double of the season were not enough for Tennessee-Martin women’s basketball team to knock off Rice in opening game of the Ole Miss Holiday Classic.
Rice used 20 points from Maudess Fulton en route to downing the Skyhawks 66-57 and dropping their record to 1-10 on the year.
Mitchell recorded 11 points and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds to go along with Forney’s career night. Allison Wright also broke out of a recent shooting slump, connecting on three three-pointers in the game for nine points.
The Skyhawks will face Northwestern State at 4:30 this afternoon in Tad Smith Coliseum.

Murray State ‘falls’
vs. Niagra at UTC

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Benson Egemonye scored a career-high 28 points to lead Niagara in an 80-71 win against Murray State on Monday night.
Tyrone Lewis added 21 points and Bilal Benn chipped in with 17 for the Purple Eagles (10-2). Egemonye was 16-for-18 from the free throw line and Lewis hit 5-of-13 from beyond the arc in the Dr. Pepper Classic.
Danero Thomas had 18 points to lead four players in double-figure scoring for the Racers (6-6). Tony Easley scored 14, Kevin Thomas added 11 and Ivan Aska chipped in with 10.
Niagara outscored Murray State 47-31 in the second half after trailing by seven points at the break.
Both the Purple Eagles and the Racers took their share of shots from 3-point range, as Niagara went 7-for-28 compared to a 5-for-20 mark for Murray State.
Lewis scored the 1,000th point in his Niagara career in the first half.

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