NAIA foe no match for Skyhawks
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:02 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. 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 and outscored Rochester 46-24 from the paint.
Rochester, an NAIA school out of Rochester Hills, Mich., was led by Dramel Hogan’s 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Torey Throop and Sean Mattia also added 12 points each, as the Warriors shot 35.1 percent (20-for-57) from the floor.
UT Martin led for all but 1:10 of the game, sprinting out of the gate to an 8-3 lead.
The Skyhawks used a 7-0 run over a span of 2:29 to stretch their lead out to 23-10 off a three-pointer by Troy King.
A jumper in the paint by Maclin at the 2:06 mark gave UT Martin its biggest advantage of the first half at 34-17. However, Rochester ended the half by tallying seven unanswered points to make the score 34-24 at the break. Smith and Maclin each had six points to lead eight Skyhawk scorers in the first half.
Rochester began the second half on a 15-6 run, cutting UT Martin’s lead down to one point with 13:46 to play.
However, the Skyhawk defense then buckled down and held the Warriors without a field goal for the next 8:16, allowing the Skyhawks to unreel an 18-4 run.
Published in The WCP 11.22.11