Bears’ 2nd half better than UTM’s 1st half

Bears’ 2nd half better than UTM’s 1st half
UT Martin led by 13 points midway through the first half, but Central Arkansas ended the first half on a big run and held off the Skyhawks late for a 75-68 win in men’s college basketball play Wednesday night at the Elam Center.
The Skyhawks (2-6) were paced by Mike Liabo and Corderio Maclin, who each contributed a dozen points off the bench. Troy King also tossed in a season-best 11 points off the bench, while Dane Smith (nine points), Martez Harris (career-high nine points and six rebounds) and Myles Taylor (eight points) nearly cracked double-figures for UTM, which tied a season-high with 19 assists.
LaQuentin Miles (23 points, 10 rebounds, six steals) led Central Arkansas, while Jordan Harks and Mark Rutledge scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bears improved to 3-3 on the season by outscoring UT Martin 27-5 in a span of 9:39 to close out the first half and begin the second half.
Harris gave UT Martin its first lead of the game at the 18:35 mark of the first half, and the Skyhawks went on a 7-2 run to lead 14-8 just six minutes into the game. After Central Arkansas closed its gap to four, Maclin ignited a 9-0 Skyhawk run – scoring the first five points of the streak to put UT Martin ahead 28-15 at the 8:13 mark.
The Bears then scored 16 unanswered points over the next 6:18.
Central Arkansas tallied six of the first eight points of the second half, going ahead 42-33 with 18:24 to go.
The Skyhawks then struck back with six straight points off three layups, inching within three points at 42-39.
UT Martin will look to recover 2 p.m. Saturday against Ball State at the Elam Center.
WOMEN’S GAME
Indiana St. 66, UTM 55
UT Martin women’s basketball head coach Kevin McMillan didn’t have to say anything about Indiana State senior Shannon Thomas’ effort Wednesday night at the Hulman Center.
Thomas led the host Sycamores to a 66-55 victory over the Skyhawks, scoring 22 points and pulling down 17 rebounds.
“Shannon Thomas loves UT Martin,” McMillan said.
In three games against UT Martin, Thomas has two double-doubles — last year’s 28 points and 21 rebounds at Martin in addition to Wednesday’s effort — 56 total points and 44 total rebounds.
“If we had a post player like Thomas, we would probably be 30 points better than we are,” McMillan said. “We shot 40 percent from 3-point range and our guards (Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome) were able to do that on their own. Imagine what they could do if they had a post presence to help them.”
Butler scored 18 points against Indiana State. She shot 50 percent from 3-point range (4-for-8) and 7-of-9 from the field. Newsome, the two-time OVC Player of the Week, scored 16 points in the game. She hit three 3-pointers and was 5-of-18 from the field.
With the loss, the Skyhawks will wrap up their five-game road trip 2 p.m. Sunday against Memphis in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Memphis leads the all-time series against UT Martin 25-9. The last time UT Martin defeated Memphis was in 2006 when the Skyhawks posted a 69-60 victory. Published in The Messenger 12.1.11

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