Bethel traveling to Elam packing plenty of points
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:03 pm
The UT Martin men’s basketball team will host a familiar in-state foe when it takes on Bethel University at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center tonight at 7.
The matchup between the Skyhawks and Wildcats will be the 51st meeting all-time between the two schools and first official game since Nov. 29, 2004 — an 87-46 UT Martin victory in the Elam Center. These two teams have squared off three times since 2006 but the games counted as exhibitions for the Skyhawks.
The Skyhawks (2-9) will look to push its win streak out to a dozen games over Bethel, as UT Martin has not lost to the Wildcats since Nov. 23, 1981. UT Martin’s average margin of victory in the current 11-game win streak has been 29.9 points.
Located just 25 miles away in nearby McKenzie, Bethel (9-4) boasts the top scoring offense in all of NAIA basketball, pouring in 1,144 points in 13 games.
The Wildcats have won six of their last eight but are coming off a 108-93 loss at Williams Baptist last Thursday. In that game, Jarvis Palmer tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds to pace Bethel, who also placed George Coleman (13 points) and Caleb Hardy (10) in double-figures scoring.
TAYLOR TOP FROSH
UTM’s Myles Taylor earned his second OVC Freshman of the Week honor of the season after averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game last week in road games against Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee.
Taylor hit 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the floor and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line.
He capped the week by scoring a season-high 19 points in a loss at Middle Tennessee.
Taylor hit 6-of-11 from the field and made 7-of-9 free throws in 31 minutes of action. In that contest he also had five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Taylor started the week by scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds to go along with an assist and two steals at Lipscomb. Published in The WCP 12.13.11