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UT Martin’s Taylor
earns OVC honor

Myles Taylor, a 6-7 sophomore forward on the UT Martin men’s basketball team, has been named the league’s adidas Player of the Week.
This is the first career Player of the Week honor for Taylor, who was a five-time OVC Freshman of the Week recipient last season on his way to capturing the league’s Freshman of the Year award.
Taylor helped guide the Skyhawks to their second straight OVC victory last Thursday — a 72-65 win over Eastern Kentucky. The victory resulted in a three-way tie for third place in the OVC West, as UT Martin is now just 11⁄2 games out of second place in its division.
In the Eastern Kentucky game, Taylor logged the full 40 minutes, tossing in a game-high 21 points to go along with a career-best 14 rebounds for the second consecutive game.
His tenacious effort on the glass allowed UT Martin to outrebound Eastern Kentucky by a 51-26 margin.
Taylor currently ranks in the top-five in the OVC in scoring (16.8 points) and rebounding (8.1).
UT Martin continues its four-game homestand on Thursday against Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m.

Top times many
for UTM runners

The UT Martin cross country teams got off to a blazing start in its 2013 spring track opener over the weekend, taking part in the Southern Illinois Invitational at the SIU Recreation Center.
In the 3,000 meter run, Justin Morgan compiled a time of 9:05.79, followed by a time of 10:02.90 by Mark Graubner. Josiah Roberts (4:53.15) and Zach Phifer (4:57.69) both competed in the one mile run for the Skyhawk men’s squad.
A trio of Skyhawks battled in the 3,000 meter run on the women’s side, led by Amanda Wardlaw’s time of 11:00.13 with Alexandra Stover (12:00.44) and Kathryn Skaggs (12:13.72) following closely behind. Freshmen Kaycee Grimes and Abby Frantom each took part in the one mile run, finishing with times of 5:47.38 and 5:55.11, respectively.
The Skyhawks return to their track portion of the schedule March 16 at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis.

Murray St. guard
accepts plea deal

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson has accepted a plea deal to charges of two charges of wanton endangerment.
The Paducah Sun reported that the 20-year-old Jackson, from Hammond, La., agreed to the deal Monday in McCracken County before special case Judge Craig Clymer.
Jackson was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment after a Sept. 10 incident in the parking lot of Murray’s Walmart.
Police say he hit Jason Clement with his car after an argument.
The plea deal amended his charges to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Jackson originally pleaded guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment after facing two counts of second-degree assault.
A judge rejected the deal, saying a 30-day jail sentence was too lenient.
Jackson then withdrew the plea.

Published in The Messenger 2.5.13