Skyhawks’ shooters can’t score enough

Skyhawks’ shooters can’t score enough
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Freshman Myles Taylor carried on his recent scoring tear for UT Martin, but the Skyhawks fell 68-55 at Eastern Illinois in Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday night.
Taylor made five of his eight field goal attempts and was 8-for-10 from the charity stripe for his 10th straight double-figure scoring outing.
Mike Liabo cracked double-figures for the 17th time in 18 games this season, amassing 13 points for the Skyhawks (3-16, 0-6 OVC). Troy King added 10 points in 17 minutes off the bench for UT Martin, who also received six points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals from Omari Minor.
For Eastern Illinois (9-6, 2-1 OVC), LC Doss led the way with 19 points (5-of-7 from 3-point range). Jeremy Granger and Joey Miller added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Panthers.
“Eastern Illinois came out and was very aggressive,” UT Martin head coach Jason James said. “We played them even in the second half, but by then it was hard to come back because we had dug such a big hole.”
The Skyhawks led at the first media timeout on a pair of buckets by Jeremy Washington and Corderio Maclin, but eight straight points by Doss put Eastern Illinois ahead 10-4 at the 13:26 mark.
Back-to-back field goals by King and Liabo cut UT Martin’s deficit to 10-8, but the Panthers responded with a 12-4 run over the next 6:03.
UT Martin answered with five straight points to make the score 22-17 with a little over four minutes to play, but Eastern Illinois closed out the half on a 10-2 run to take a 32-19 lead at the break.
Despite the deficit, the Skyhawks forced 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Doss led all scorers with 14 points for Eastern Illinois.
The Panthers began the second half on a 6-2 run before a three-pointer by Minor at the 17-minute mark.
With UT Martin trailing by 16 with 14:09 remaining, Taylor went on a scoring spree with seven consecutive points, getting the Skyhawks within 11 points with 13:04 left.
Eastern Illinois then scored seven unanswered, but UTM buckled down and reeled off a 7-0 run in less than a minute to make the score 52-41, capped off by a steal and dunk by King at the 9:22 mark. However, the Panthers went on an 8-0 run over a stretch of 1:56 to push their lead to 60-41.
Taylor tallied seven straight points to pull UT Martin within 13 points with 3:04 to play, but that was as close as the Skyhawks would get.
Published in The Messenger 1.13.12

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