|UTM has easy time at home |
|Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 7:01 pm |
|Senior guard Dane Smith amassed his first career double-double to lead UT Martin past Rochester College 76-59 at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center Saturday night. |
Smith scored a career-best 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, just one shy of his career-high total set last year at Tennessee. He made seven of his 12 shot attempts and for the season is shooting a crisp 59.1 percent from the floor (13-for-22).
“Dane is a very active, athletic player who has a good nose for where the ball is,” UT Martin head coach Jason James said. “He does a lot of scoring around the rim and on the offensive glass. Five offensive rebounds are really good for us — especially out of the guard spot. We like for Dane to roam around and find his way on the floor and when he does that, he’s pretty effective.”
Mike Liabo led the Skyhawks in scoring for the third time in four games this season, pouring in 17 points while adding six rebounds and four assists off the bench. Myles Taylor chipped in 14 points while swatting a team-high three blocks and Corderio Maclin scored 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench for the Skyhawks, who shot 55.4 percent (31-for-56) for the game. UT Martin held a 45-29 rebounding edge.
Purdue 65, UTM 39
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sophomore guard Heather Butler poured in nearly half of UT Martin’s points at nationally-ranked Purdue on Sunday, but the Skyhawks fell to the No. 16 Boilermakers in women’s basketball action at Mackey Arena.
Butler was the only player to crack double-figures for UT Martin (3-1) with 19 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Jasmine Newsome led the team with seven rebounds for the Skyhawks, who trailed by just a dozen points (27-15) at the half.
Purdue (3-0) was led by Sam Ostarello’s 13 points, while Courtney Moses and Brittany Rayburn scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Purdue shot just 39.1 percent from the floor, but the Skyhawks couldn’t take advantage, shooting 27.8 percent for the game. Published in The Messenger 11.21.11