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TN Tech spoiler of UTM parade

TN Tech spoiler of UTM parade
The Tennessee Tech men rained on UT Martin’s parade on Thursday.
On the night when UTM raised its banner commemorating its 2008-09 Ohio Valley Conference title, the Golden Eagles claimed a 76-63 decision.
In the opener, the Skyhawk women snapped their 29-game losing streak in league action with a 56-52 triumph.
UT Martin continues its OVC slate with a Saturday twinbill against Jacksonville State. Tip-off for the women’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the men’s contest to follow.
TN Tech 76, UTM 63 (M)
The Skyhawks, playing with 2009 graduate and Memphis Grizzlies’ guard Lester Hudson in attendance, placed three players in double-figures.
“It was a very exciting night and we had a good atmosphere for the Skyhawk fans,” UT Martin head coach Jason James said. “Now we have to try and re-group and tomorrow get ready for Jacksonville State and see if we can get a win on Saturday.”
Union City High School product Marquis Weddle, who missed the team bus for Saturday’s defeat at Tennessee State, scored a team-high 17 points off the bench for UT Martin (2-13, 0-6 in OVC play).
Reuben Clayton enjoyed a steady all-around night for the Skyhawks with 13 points, handed out five assists, grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots and swiped two steals.
Freshman Zach Jones also reached double-digits in the scoring column (10) in just 14 minutes.
UCHS product MJ Brown, who was on the court for 15 minutes on Thursday, had a pair of steals and a couple rebounds to go with his lone basket.
Kevin Murphy led a balanced Golden Eagle scoring attack, as he poured in a game-high 18 points. Murphy was one of five starters who scored 10 or more points, as Frank Davis (15 points), Alfred Jones (14 points), Terrell Barnes (11 points) and Elijah Cunningham-Muhammad (10 points) combined to score 68 of the team’s 76 points.
UTM 56, TN Tech 52 (W)
Alecia Weatherly drained a 3 in the closing seconds to seal Thursday’s win.
All totaled, Weatherly had a team-best and career-high 21 points, including a trio of three-pointers, but none were as important as her bomb from the top of the key to seal the win.
“I’m so proud of our team,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “The girls found a way to fight the whole game and really showed what they are made of in the second half. This is a great win for us.”
Cali Cupples finished the night with 12 for the Skyhawk women (3-12, 1-5 in OVC play) while Erica Glisson chipped in seven.
2009 Union City graduate Labrica Ward had five points and five rebounds during her 20 minutes of action.

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