|SEMO denies rallying UTM |
|Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:39 pm |
|CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The UT Martin men clawed back from a 13-point first half deficit to tie the game in the early part of the second half. |
However, some timely buckets down the stretch by Lucas Nutt and a grand total of 36 tallies from Leon Powell lifted Southeast Missouri to an 82-75 win on Monday evening.
Benzor Simmons led the Skyhawks with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Terence Smith was UTM’s next highest scorer with 14 points.
Freshmen Troy King and Mike Liabo also added 10 points for UT Martin, which fell to 4-11 and 0-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Powell’s 36 points are the most the Skyhawks allowed since Austin Peay’s Drake Reed totaled 35 points Feb. 5, 2009.
Nutt added 22 points and a game-high six assists, while Anthony Allison scored 13 points for Southeast Missouri (4-11), which has won three straight OVC games.
“We weren’t ready to play and you can’t do that in league play, especially on the road,” UT Martin head coach Jason James said. “Inconsistency is what is killing us right now. I thought we started to turn the corner against Tennessee and Murray State, but we have taken about four or five steps backwards. We have to get back to where we were.”
UT Martin would tie the game at 7-all and 9-all before the Skyhawks went cold, allowing Southeast Missouri to go on a 12-0 run over a stretch of 4:10.
UT Martin returns home on Saturday when it hosts Tennessee State.
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.