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Bryant gives UTM extra scoring threat

Bryant gives UTM extra scoring threat

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 pm

With a balance scoring effort from junior guards Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome and the second consecutive double-double from senior Rickiesha Bryant, the UT Martin women’s basketball team whipped visiting Morehead State 75-56 at the Elam Center Saturday afternoon.
That was not the case for the UTM men, who dropped an 88-74 decision in the nightcap despite a career night from Mike Liabo.
Newsome led all scorers with 27 points, while Butler, the Skyhawks’ all-time leading scorer, tossed in 24 points and four 3-pointers. Bryant scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as UT Martin out-rebounded Morehead State 35-32.
“Rickiesha (Bryant) is playing big minutes that she has never played in her career, but she has been stepping up huge for us as of late and giving us performances that we really need,” UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan said.
Also making a big contribution to the Skyhawks was true freshman Katie Schubert, who had seven rebounds and six points. She added seven assists and made four steals.
With 13:01 to play in the game, UT Martin stretched its lead to 22 points, 54-22.
The Skyhawks shot 52.6 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range, knocking down 8-of-17 attempts.
Morehead State was led by Terrice Robinson with 17 points.
The first half was a lot tougher than the second half for the Skyhawks. Morehead State opened the game with a 9-2 run.
However, the Skyhawks turned the table with a 29-16 surge that erased the early Morehead State advantage.
With the victory the Skyhawks improve to 9-11 overall and 4-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. Morehead State falls to 6-13 on the year and 2-3 in the league.
Morehead 88, UTM 74 (M)
Both Terence Smith and Mike Liabo poured in 19 points to lead UT Martin (4-15, 1-6 Ohio Valley Conference). Liabo tied a career-high with five 3-pointers for the fifth time this season, while Smith sank a career-best four trifectas in five attempts to finish just one point shy of his career-high set back in 2011.
Myles Taylor compiled 13 points with a game-high eight rebounds and DeMarc Richardson handed out a team-high four assists for the Skyhawks, who set a season-high in free throws made (28) while outrebounding Morehead State 36-33.
Morehead State (10-10, 4-2 OVC) was led by Kahlil Owens’ 16 points.
“I thought we competed for about 32 minutes,” Skyhawk head coach Jason James said. “We went through about an eight minute stretch where we just didn’t execute. We weren’t making any shots and we became offensive sensitive.”
Smith ignited an early run for the Skyhawks — scoring the team’s first seven points, allowing UT Martin to take a 7-2 lead a little over five minutes into the contest. A layup by Childs at the 11:23 mark extended the Skyhawk advantage out to 14-6. Published in The WCP 1.22.13

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