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Tourney spots fixed, UTM splits with Peay

Tourney spots fixed, UTM splits with Peay

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:00 pm

CLARKSVILLE — A win wasn’t needed. UT Martin was already in.
The Skyhawks fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 91-58 loss to Austin Peay in men’s college basketball action Saturday at the Dunn Center.
Despite the loss, the Skyhawks have qualified for the 2013 OVC tournament, held Wednesday through Saturday in Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
UT Martin punched its ticket earlier on Saturday when Eastern Illinois defeated SIU Edwardsville.
The UTM women followed the lead of the junior guard duo of Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome to an 81-64 win over Peay.
UTM 81, APSU 64 (W)
Butler scored 19 points and Newsome scored 26 points to lead the UT Martin women’s basketball team to an 81-64 victory over host Austin Peay Saturday afternoon.
In the process, Butler became the first UT Martin basketball player to score 2,000-plus career points
Butler now has 2,005 career points and is UT Martin’s all-time leading scorer.
UTM will play the winner of No. 5 Eastern Kentucky and No. 8 Murray State at noon on Thursday.
Senior Rickiesha Bryant finished the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds, her seventh career double-double.
APSU 91, UTM 58 (M)
UTM will open the men’s portion of the OVC tournament, taking on Morehead State 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Junior guard Justin Childs poured in 20 points and snared a game-high seven rebounds for the Skyhawks (9-20, 5-11 OVC), falling just one point shy of his career-high of 21 set against Arkansas State on Nov. 16, 2012.
Published in The WCP 3.5.13

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