UTM women extend run of home wins

UTM women extend run of home wins
UT Martin’s women kept all the wins for themselves.
The Skyhawks defeated Belmont and Air Force in women’s basketball action over the weekend, opening the 2011-12 season with two more wins at home.
The football and men’s basketball teams were not as fortunate, each losing in weekend play.
UTM’s football team dropped a 35-30 decision at Tennessee State in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Skyhawk men’s basketball team also lost on the road with setbacks at Louisville and Ohio.
FOOTBALL
TSU 35, UTM 30
Junior quarterback Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, and passed for 329 yards Saturday night against host Tennessee State at LP Field, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigers on homecoming.
Carr completed 25-of-43 passes without an interception.
After a successful onside kick with 2:55 to play in the game, Carr completed his first two passes of the potential game-winning drive but came up empty on his next three passes.
Tennessee State was able to run the clock out and claim the victory.
With the loss the Skyhawks fall to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. TSU improved to 5-5 and 4-3. The Skyhawks will close out the season Saturday at Eastern Kentucky.
WOMEN’S HOOPS
UTM extends streak
The Skyhawks ran their home winning streak to 18 games over the weekend by beating Belmont 67-48 on Friday night and then Air Force 84-60 on Sunday afternoon.
Heather Butler and Jas-mine Newsome each scored 19 points against Belmont, and then Butler had 23 points and Newsome 18 against Air Force.
Taylor Hall was good on three three-pointers in scoring 11 points for UTM on Sunday, a game that saw UTM hit 10-of-30 from beyond the circle.
Air Force was led by Alicia Leipprandt with 16 points. Katie Hilbig pulled down nine rebounds and helped the visitors win the rebounding battle, 40-35.
On Friday, the Skyhawks shot 40 percent from the field in the second half and 31 percent from 3-point range. Newsome made 12 of her 19 points at the free throw line where the Skyhawks were 20-of-30.
Belmont was led by Haley Nelson with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tristan Daniel scored six points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Despite double-digit rebounds from Nelson and Daniel, the Skyhawks won the battle on the boards, 55-52.
UTM plays the first of five straight road games Wednesday at Southern Miss.
MEN’S HOOPS
Skyhawks lose twice
UTM opened the 2011-12 season with a pair of weekend losses, 83-48 at Louisville on Friday and 74-65 at Ohio on Sunday.
Mike Liabo scored 15 points and Troy King added 10 for UTM on Friday.Louisville was led by Chane Behanan, who compiled 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Kuric (14 points) also cracked double-figures, while Peyton Siva scored 10 points and handed out nine assists for the Cardinals.
Jeremy Washington scored 17 for UTM on Sunday, 12 coming in the second half as the Skyhawks were trying to rally from a 29-point deficit.
Walter Offutt (17 points) paced the Bobcats, while DJ Cooper secured a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. Reggie Keely also added 16 points.
UT Martin is at Arkansas State on Thursday. Published in The Messenger 11.14.11

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