|Left behind Weddle in UTM doghouse |
|Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010 5:00 pm |
|Marquis Weddle seemingly can’t stay out of the doghouse. |
The former Union City prep star who was academically ineligible the first semester, didn’t play in UT Martin’s game at Tennessee State Saturday because he missed the team bus to Nashville.
The Skyhawks went on to lose, 73-59, falling to 2-12 overall and winless in five Ohio Valley Conference games.
Weddle also missed UTM’s Westminster College game on Dec. 30 when he was absent from one of two practices the day before. The junior guard reportedly said he was sick, causing him to miss the workout.
In limited action this year, Weddle is UTM’s No. 2 scorer at 17.8 ppg. He’s led the Skyhawks in scoring in three of the four games in which he’s played this season.
Head coach Jason James said he expects Weddle to dress and play in Thursday’s OVC home game against Tennessee Tech.
On Saturday, the UT Martin defense held Tennessee State to just three field goals over the last 10:49 of the game tonight, but the Skyhawk offense tied a season-low in point production.
UTM was down 25 points at one point in the second half before a 17-2 run cut the deficit to just 10 points with 5:03 remaining.
However, that was as close as UT Martin (2-12, 0-5 in OVC play) would get for the rest of the game.
In the evening’s opener, the Skyhawk women fell 51-38.
Tenn. St. 73, UTM 59 (M)
Playing in his third game of the season, freshman Ron Spencer set seven new career-highs, including 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Skyhawks.
Reuben Clayton was the only other UT Martin player to reach double figures (14 points), and Terrance Coleman had seven points, five rebounds and five assists for the Skyhawks.
Union City product MJ Brown finished the contest with five points, five rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes on the court.
Tenn. St. 51, UTM 38 (W)
Darnisha Lyles led all scorers with 13 points in her return to the lineup after missing the Austin Peay game because of illness, while Cali Cupples added eight.
Union City product Labrica Ward offered seven points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of play.
The loss drops the Skyhawks record to 2-12 on the year and 0-5 in OVC play.
The defeat was also the 29th consecutive conference loss for UT Martin.