Bears’ 2nd half better than UTM’s 1st half
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 6:28 am
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. Published in The WCP 12.1.11