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Messenger Sports Briefs for January 7

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 7

UTM freshman trio
picks up the slack

The nation’s leading freshman scorer and five-time Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week Heather Butler was not in uniform for Thursday’s UT Martin women’s basketball game against Austin Peay Thursday
It didn’t matter.
A trio of Butler’s freshman classmates picked up the slack in her absence — due to a bout with strep throat — as the Skyhawk women claimed a 78-54 OVC win over the Lady Govs.
Junior college transfer Taylor Hall finished the game with 12 points, four 3-pointers and five rebounds. Freshman Jasmine Newsome led all scorers with 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Newsome’s classmate Beth Hawn had 14 points, while fellow freshman Jaclissa Haislip netted 13 points for the Skyhawks (8-7, 3-1 in league play).
UTM returns to action Saturday when it hosts Tennessee State in an OVC contest. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. A men’s game is to follow.

White Station alum
transfers to Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — Forward Ferrakohn Hall has transferred from Seton Hall back home to Memphis, and he joined the Tigers in time for practice Thursday.
Coach Josh Pastner announced Hall’s transfer in a release by the school Thursday and said they are welcoming home one of the city’s products.
Hall can practice with the Tigers immediately but won’t be eligible to play his first game until the fall semester ends Dec. 15. semester, which is Dec. 15, 2011.
He played 10 games this season before announcing in mid-December he planned to transfer. He led White Station High to the Tennessee Class AAA state title as a senior.

TSU is latest victim
to fall vs. Murray St.

MURRAY (AP) — Donte Poole scored 16 points and Murray State defeated Tennessee State 64-53 on Thursday night for its sixth straight win.
The Racers (10-4, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 17 points off of 16 turnovers, 37 off the bench, 15 on second chances and 30 points in the paint.
Leading 18-13 with 6:33 left in the first half, Murray State went on a 12-2 run to go up 30-15 on Ed Daniel’s free throws with 2:04 remaining until halftime.

Tickets cheaper
at Nashville races

A new year and a new NASCAR season brings new reduced ticket prices for fans of Nashville Superspeedway.
Event tickets for events at Nashville went on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Tickets for the April 23 and July 23 NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Nashville start at $30, while tickets for April 22 and July 22 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races start at $25.
Nashville has also increased the age and reduced the price on all junior tickets for fans 14 and younger. Youths can attend any of the four NASCAR events for just $10 when purchased in advance.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-RACE-TIX or online at