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James Harrison signs with UT Martin

James Harrison signs with UT Martin

Posted on 13 May 2015 by Allen

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University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach Heath Schroyer has announced the signing of James Harrison, a 6-5, 210-pound guard out of McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Harrison will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Skyhawks.

“We’re really excited to add James,” Schroyer said. “He’s a high-level player that does all the things on the perimeter that we value. I love his ability to stretch defenses and he has great size – he can defend multiple positions on the floor. He’s a great kid and a great student – he really fits the bill in every way of the type of young man we are building this program with.”

A Houston native, Harrison helped lead McLennan to a 23-8 record last season and a Region V tournament appearance under head coach Kevin Gill. Harrison was a second team All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference honoree after averaging 11.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in just 21.7 minutes per game. He was second on the team in scoring in conference play, pouring in 13.7 points per game.

On the season, Harrison shot 46.6 percent (122-for-262) from the floor while ranking second on the Highlanders with 52 three-pointers. He also sank a team-best 90.4 percent (47-of-52) of his attempts from the free throw line.

Harrison tallied a season-high 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting in 24 minutes against Temple College on Feb. 4. He connected on at least three 3-pointers in 10 games, racking up at least 15 points on nine different occasions.

Harrison spent his freshman season at the University of New Orleans, a Division-I school who competes in the Southland Conference. Playing for head coach Mark Slessinger, Harrison played in 23 games and logged two starts, averaging 4.7 points in 12.0 minutes per game. He shot an even 50 percent from the floor (38-for-76), including a 44.4 percent clip (24-for-54) from three-point range.

Harrison concluded his freshman campaign by making at least one 3-pointer in the last 11 games of the season. He cracked double-figures in the scoring column in three different games, including a team-best 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting at Lamar on March 6, 2014.

At the prep level, Harrison was a standout at Westfield High School under head coach Van Price. He averaged 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as a senior, earning all-region, all-district and district co-MVP accolades with teammate Wesley Iwundu, who is currently playing at Kansas State. The Mustangs finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 31-7 overall record (including an unblemished 16-0 mark in District 13-5A) while advancing to the regional semifinals.

Harrison was tabbed as the No. 26 senior in the Houston area while RCSSports.com ranked him as the 70th best prospect in Texas. His successful senior campaign followed a junior season where he compiled 15 points and four rebounds per contest while also earning first team all-district honors for a WHS squad that finished 26-11 overall.

“When I came to visit UT Martin, I felt like I was brought in as a family member as soon as I stepped on campus,” Harrison said. “Coach Schroyer is a great man and a great coach and I will love playing for him for the final two years of my collegiate career. I’m looking forward to being a part of the family-based atmosphere with this team.”

Harrison is the second player to sign with the Skyhawks in the past week, joining sophomore guard Malik Pugh (Dyersburg, Tenn./UNC Wilmington). UT Martin returns nine players from last season’s team who finished with 21 wins – one shy of the school record – and notched the first three postseason victories in the school’s Division-I history.

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Pugh signs with Skyhawks

Pugh signs with Skyhawks

Posted on 06 May 2015 by Allen

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Malik Pugh, who spent his freshman collegiate season at UNC Wilmington after a standout career at nearby Dyer County High School, has signed with the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program.

Pugh will have to sit out the 2015-16 season because of NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining at UT Martin.

“We are very excited about adding Malik to our program for three years,” Skyhawk head coach Heath Schroyer said. “He’s a young man that I recruited when I first got here. He’s a good, young point guard who can do all the things that we love – he can dribble, pass and shoot it.”

Standing at 6-1 and 165 pounds, Pugh saw action in 27 games last season at UNC Wilmington under head coach Kevin Keatts. The Seahawks posted an 18-14 overall record with a 13-7 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play on their way to an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Pugh averaged 2.8 points and 1.1 assists while shooting 45 percent from the floor (31-for-69) in 9.3 minutes per contest. He cracked double-figures in scoring three times, including career-highs of 16 points (8-for-10 shooting), six assists and three steals in 21 minutes at VMI on Nov. 22. He also tallied 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting with six assists in 21 minutes against St. Andrews on Dec. 3 and scored 10 points in 19 minutes at Minnesota on Dec. 27.

“UT Martin is closer to home and it’s important that my family can come watch me play,” Pugh said. “Coach Schroyer is a great coach and I know he will put me in the best possible situation to succeed. He will help take my game to the next level as we compete for conference championships and make further history at UT Martin.”

Pugh averaged 20 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals during his senior campaign at Dyer County High School under head coach Derek McCord, concluding his career with 1,003 points. The Choctaws finished 23-7 and advanced to the Class AAA Sectionals during Pugh’s senior season.

Pugh set the DCHS single-game scoring record with 47 points in the season-opener of his senior season. He also had an impressive performance in the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest, pouring in a combined 64 points in two games – 33 points against traditional national power Chicago Simeon and 31 points against Harrisburg – on his way to Most Valuable Player honors at the event. He also scored 37 points in the Class AAA sectional playoff game against nationally-ranked Hamilton High School.

Pugh’s successful senior season came after he helped guide the Choctaws to the state championship game as a junior in 2012-13. He earned TSSAA All-Tournament honors after scoring a team-best 13 points in the state finals against Southwind as DCHS wrapped up its season with a 31-4 record.

Pugh becomes the first player in this year’s signing class at UT Martin. The Skyhawks return nine players from last season’s record-setting team who went 21-13 while advancing to the Final Four of the CIT.

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Skyhawks pick up Hoops awards

Skyhawks pick up Hoops awards

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin basketball programs represented half of the college basketball award winners during the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s annual selection of the state’s college basketball coaches and players of the year honors.

In a vote of TSWA members, UT Martin men’s basketball coach Heath Schroyer and sophomore forward Ashia Jones were named the TSWA Men’s Coach and Women’s Player of the Year, respectively.

Schroyer burst onto the scene in his first year at the helm of the Skyhawks, leading the squad to not only the program’s first postseason appearance since the 2008-09 season, but all the way to the Final Four of the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament. A Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award finalist, Schroyer engineered one of the best turnarounds in the country this season. Under Schroyer’s guidance, the Skyhawks posted a 21-13 overall record while boasting a program record 12 road victories, tied for the nation’s lead.

Taking over an eight-win program from a year ago, Schroyer added UT Martin to his list of seven programs who have participated in postseason play while picking up the program’s first three postseason wins in Division-I history. The 13-win increase was the sixth-largest win improvement in Division-I.

“I am honored to have this award,” said Schroyer. “I have a great staff and a great bunch of kids that worked extremely hard this past year. I look forward to working hard and building on the success we had this year.”
A native of Covington, Tenn., Jones notches the program’s second Women’s Player of the Year award in as many years, joining only former great Heather Butler to claim the prestigious honor. Jones led the team to a 22-11 overall mark while becoming the sixth program in Ohio Valley Conference to finish the conference slate with an unblemished mark, going 16-0. This is the fifth major award handed out to the sophomore forward, joining honors such as Associated Press All-America honorable mention, WBCA All-Region, National Mid-Major Player of the Year by College Sports Madness along with OVC Player of the Year and All-OVC accolades.

Jones not only led the OVC but ranked fourth nationally with 23.4 points per game while averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. She scored 772 points during the season, breaking the school’s previous single season scoring mark along with setting new benchmarks with 287 field goals made and 10 outings with 30 points or more.

“The work that Ashia put into her game last offseason proved dividends,” said UT Martin women’s head coach Kevin McMillan. “Ashia has proven that she can compete at a high level and we are looking forward to see how high her game can rise over the next two years.”

The duo joins Belmont’s Craig Bradshaw as Men’s Player of the Year while Chattanooga’s Jim Foster garnered Women’s Coach of the Year honors. All four honorees will be recognized during a luncheon at the TSSAA headquarters on Friday, July 10, during the TSWA’s annual convention in Nashville.

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UT Martin take series finale from SIU Edwardsville, 6-2

UT Martin take series finale from SIU Edwardsville, 6-2

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team allowed only five hits today but SIU Edwardsville managed a 6-2 win in the series finale at the Simmons Baseball Complex.

Senior left-handed Carter Smith (2-8) nearly went the distance, going 7.2 innings while allowing three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts against only one walk. Patrick Bernard came on in relief and needed two pitches to record the final out.

Offensively, Nick Gavello had his second consecutive strong game – as his two-run double in the top of the sixth broke a scoreless tie and gave UT Martin a brief lead. Taylor Douglas and Nico Zych each had two hits while Zych and Nick Pribble each scored a run for the Skyhawks (12-29, 5-16 Ohio Valley Conference).

Smith came out focused, sitting down the first eight batters he faced while carrying a no-hitter through the fifth inning. He tallied six groundouts, six flyouts and three strikeouts while only allowing one baserunner (a two-out hit by pitch in the third inning) in the first five frames.

Smith’s dominant performance allowed UT Martin to take a lead in the top of the sixth. Pribble drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and Zych followed with a two-out walk to bring up Gavello, who jumped on the first pitch he saw for a double into the gap in right center. Both Pribble and Zych scampered home to provide Smith and the Skyhawks a 2-0 advantage.

A leadoff double by SIU Edwardsville (15-21, 15-9 OVC) in the sixth inning broke up Smith’s no-hitter and led to a three-run inning for the Cougars. SIU Edwardsville pieced together two hits in the inning as the go-ahead run was unearned.

Smith held the Cougars scoreless in the seventh and it appeared that UT Martin was in a good position to tie or go ahead in the top of the eighth. The first three batters (Andrew Castillo, Douglas, Zych) all reached via singles to load the bases with no outs but SIU Edwardsville turned a double play and induced another groundout to escape the inning unscathed.

Smith got two quick outs in the eighth but three more runs – two of which were unearned – crossed the plate before Bernard got out of the inning.

Fletcher Johnson was able to hit a two-out double in the top of the ninth but unfortunately, that would be the only baserunner the Skyhawks could produce.

UT Martin’s next game will take place on Tuesday, April 28 in a nonconference battle between Murray State at 6 p.m. The game will take place at Elam Stadium in Union City, Tenn. and admission is $5 for the general public.

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Skyhakws to play at Evansville in CIT Semis

Skyhakws to play at Evansville in CIT Semis

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Allen

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It was announced today that the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team will play at Evansville in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament semifinals on Tuesday, March 31. Tipoff time from the Ford Center has yet to be announced but the game will be broadcasted live on CBS College Sports Network.

The Skyhawks are in the midst of a remarkable turnaround under head coach Heath Schroyer, a finalist for the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award. After finishing with eight overall wins and a last-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference last year, UT Martin is one win shy of tying the program record for single-season victories with a 21-12 record. The 13-win increase is tied for the fourth-best improvement in Division-I behind Temple (17), UC Davis (16) and Northern Iowa (15).

By the time that UT Martin and the Purple Aces tip off on Tuesday, the Skyhawks will be one of just 14 teams still alive in the hunt for a postseason championship. UT Martin has advanced to the CIT Final Four behind the first three Division-I postseason wins in school history, defeating Northwestern State (104-79), USC Upstate (60-49) and Eastern Kentucky (70-69) all on the road in the span of seven days. The Skyhawks now boast 12 road victories this season, which is tied for the most in the Division-I basketball ranks.

Alex Anderson has been UT Martin’s leading scorer in the postseason, averaging 19.0 points while connecting on 60 percent (15-for-25) of his three-point attempts. Twymond Howard is just behind at 18.0 points per game on 56 percent shooting (20-for-36) while Marshun Newell (14.3 points per game) and Deville Smith (12.3 points per game) have also averaged double-figures in the scoring column. Newell played the role of hero in the Skyhawks’ quarterfinal win at Eastern Kentucky, burying the game-winning three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left while Smith has led the team in rebounding (9.0 per game) and assists (6.0 per game) during the postseason run.

Evansville enters the contest with a 22-12 overall record after a home win over IPFW (82-77) and road wins over Eastern Illinois (83-68) and Louisiana (89-82) in the CIT. In his eighth season at the helm of his alma mater, Marty Simmons has guided the Purple Aces to their most victories since 1998-99.

The Purple Aces have been led by DJ Balentine, who leads the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring with 20.0 points per outing. The junior guard has elevated his game in the postseason with 30.7 points per game, including a pair of 35-point performances.

Evansville also boasts junior center Egidijus Mockevicius, whose 19 double-doubles ranked as the sixth-most in the nation this year. In CIT play, the 6-10, 225-pounder has averaged 14.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per outing.

Tickets are now on sale through the Evansville ticket office at (812) 488-2237. Skyhawk fans can ask for preferred seating in the UT Martin section, which is section 107. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for fans ages three through 17. Children age two and under get in free.

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Murray State holds off UT Martin 73-67

Murray State holds off UT Martin 73-67

Posted on 01 March 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team led Ohio Valley Conference champion Murray State at halftime but ultimately fell by a 73-67 margin on Senior Night at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

The Skyhawks (18-11, 10-6 OVC) have received a first round bye into the OVC Tournament quarterfinals and will enter the field as the No. 4 seed. UT Martin will officially make its 10th appearance in the league’s postseason tournament on Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. when it takes on the winner of the No. 5 Morehead State/No. 8 Southeast Missouri game that will take place on March 4.

Deville Smith cracked the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season, scoring 21 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Twymond Howard added 17 points while Marshun Newell (eight points, team-high 10 rebounds) narrowly missed a double-double for UT Martin, who only committed eight turnovers tonight.

Murray State (26-4, 16-0 OVC) won its 24th straight game and became the fifth team in OVC history to go undefeated in league play thanks in large part to Cameron Payne, who registered 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Jarvis Williams tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds while Jeffery Moss also added 11 points for the Racers.

“We had our chances,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “I thought we played really well in the first half, especially sharing the ball. In the second half, we tried to do it ourselves at times and they did a nice job of getting us out of rhythm. Murray State is a very good basketball team and I give them a lot of credit.”

It was an emotional day from the start, as the Skyhawks honored the senior trio of Khristian Taylor, Smith and Newell for their career contributions during a pregame ceremony.

Howard helped carry UT Martin early, scoring four of the team’s first six points to give the Skyhawks a 6-5 advantage less than three minutes into the contest. The Racers came back with five unanswered points before Anderson knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing to slice UT Martin’s deficit to 10-9.

Murray State then scored seven unanswered points until Arkeem Joseph started a Skyhawk rally. He scored on two straight possessions to ignite an 11-0 run and tilt the score back in UT Martin’s favor. Newell buried a deep three-pointer and added a fast break layup off a steal to give the Skyhawks a 20-17 lead with 9:31 to play in the first half.

The Racers followed with a 7-0 run over the next 1:22, taking a 24-20 lead in the process. Nearly four minutes later, Richard Lee canned a trifecta from the left corner to even the score at 26-all.

Williams scored on a tip-in at the 2:15 mark but UT Martin concluded the half on an 8-3 run, as Howard and Smith each tallied four points during the spurt to give the Skyhawks a 34-31 advantage at the break.

Howard’s eight points paced UT Martin in the first half, helping the Skyhawks shoot an even 50 percent (14-for-28) from the floor. Payne registered 15 points in the first 20 minutes to lead Murray State, who shot 46.2 percent (12-for-26) in the first half.

After Murray State evened the score with a three-pointer to begin the second half, Howard answered right back with a trey of his own from the right corner to give UT Martin a 37-34 lead.

A pair of Javier Martinez free throws tied the game once again at 39-39 but the Racers reeled off seven unanswered points. Smith came away with a steal and a fast break pull-up three-pointer at the 14:18 mark to pull the Skyhawks within four points (46-42) but Murray State then tallied a quick 7-0 run to take a 53-42 edge at the 12:25 mark.

UT Martin followed with its own run, scoring seven of the next nine points to make it a six-point game (55-49) with 9:45 left to play. Payne answered with a three-pointer just 16 seconds later to make the score 58-49 in Murray State’s favor.

The Skyhawks then kept chipping away, thanks to Smith. The Jackson, Miss. native accounted for seven points in a row to help UT Martin get within one possession (64-62) with three minutes to play. However, Murray State scored five unanswered points to push its lead back out to seven point with 38 seconds left. Anderson sank a three-pointer seven seconds later but the Racers made their final four free throw attempts to seal the win.

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SIU Edwardsville tops Skyhawks 76-68

SIU Edwardsville tops Skyhawks 76-68

Posted on 21 February 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team placed four players in double-digits in the scoring column but SIU Edwardsville ended the game on an 11-3 run to claim a 76-68 win at the Vadalabene Center this evening.

In a game that featured 12 lead changes and five ties, the score was even at 65-all with just under three minutes to play. The Cougars then concluded the contest with the aforementioned run.

The Skyhawks (17-10, 9-5 Ohio Valley Conference) were led by Alex Anderson, who sank a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points tonight. Marshun Newell narrowly missed a double-double (12 points, nine rebounds) while Deville Smith and Arkeem Joseph each scored 10 points to carry UT Martin.

SIU Edwardsville (12-14, 8-7 OVC) was led by CJ Carr’s 21 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Kris Davis added 19 points while Rozell Nunn (12 points) and Michael Messer (10) also reached double-figures in scoring for the Cougars.

“My hats off to SIU Edwardsville,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “They are as well-coached as anybody in this league. They’re really hard to prepare for because they play a lot of guys and they do a great job of spacing. We fought but they beat us on the glass and they out-toughed us.”

Anderson gave UT Martin its first lead of the game after he sank a three-pointer from the left wing at the 18:11 mark. SIU Edwardsville then scored six straight points before Newell drained a trifecta from the left corner to cut the Skyhawk deficit to two points at 8-6.

The Cougars followed with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take an 18-6 advantage with 11:36 left in the first half.

Anderson then got hot and willed UT Martin back in the game. He knocked down three-pointers on three out of four Skyhawk possessions at one point, cutting UT Martin’s deficit to six points with eight minutes to go before halftime.

SIU Edwardsville was able to push its advantage back out to 31-19 before the Skyhawks used a 17-4 run to surge back ahead after a Joseph layup made the score 36-35 at the 1:48 mark. Carr then ended the first half scoring with a driving layup to provide the 37-36 halftime margin.

Anderson’s 14 points led UT Martin in the first half while Newell also added 10 points at the break. The Skyhawks shot 53.8 percent from three-point land in the first half, knocking down seven of their 13 attempts. Carr had 14 points to pace SIU Edwardsville, who shot 60 percent (15-for-25) in the first 20 minutes.

UT Martin accounted for the first four points of the second half, as Twymond Howard converted a tough leaner and Chandler Rowe made a layup within nine seconds of each other to provide the Skyhawks with a 40-37 lead.

The lead changed hands five times in the first five-plus minutes of the second half. After the score was tied at 48-all with 14 minutes to go, Joseph scored on three straight trips down the floor to help UT Martin take a 54-49 lead.

Another Anderson trey midway through the second half put the Skyhawks ahead by six points but the Cougars came back with a 10-2 run to take a brief 61-59 lead with 6:26 left to play.

Joseph sank another hook shot just 33 seconds later to even the score at 61-all, beginning a stretch where three lead changes and three ties occurred in the span of 3:20. After a pull-up jumper in the lane by Newell, SIU Edwardsville scored the next six points to go ahead by a 69-65 margin with 1:44 remaining.

UT Martin kept fighting but would not get any closer than three points the rest of the way, as Nunn scored the final seven points for the Cougars, including a 5-for-6 effort from the charity stripe in the final 49 seconds.

The Skyhawks close out their road slate on Thursday, Feb. 26 when they head to Nashville to take on the Tennessee State Tigers. Tipoff from the Gentry Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Skyhawks top Southeast Missouri, 70-53

Skyhawks top Southeast Missouri, 70-53

Posted on 24 January 2015 by Allen

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Four Skyhawks poured in double-figures in the scoring column to help the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team pick up a 70-53 Ohio Valley Conference home victory over Southeast Missouri this evening.

UT Martin led for over 27 minutes of the game and did not trail after the 3:12 mark of the first half. The Skyhawks shot 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-for-13) and won the rebounding battle by a 37-26 margin.

Deville Smith tossed in 18 points to lead UT Martin, while Twymond Howard accumulated 17 points for the Skyhawks. Alex Anderson scored 13 points while Marshun Newell racked up 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds for UT Martin, who improves to 12-7 overall with a 4-2 OVC mark.

Southeast Missouri (9-11, 3-4 OVC) was led by 21 points out of Isiah Jones. Antonius Cleveland pitched in with 11 points for the Redhawks, who were playing without leading scorer Jarekious Bradley.

“I thought our second half defense was as good of a half defensively as we’ve had all year,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “To hold a team as good as Southeast Missouri to 21 points is hard to do and our guys really responded.”

Southeast Missouri got on the scoreboard first but the Skyhawks scored seven of the next nine points, four of which came from Javier Martinez. A three-pointer from the right wing by Smith gave UT Martin a 10-9 advantage but the Redhawks would soon claim a 20-15 lead with 10:35 remaining in the first half.

The Skyhawks came right back with a 10-2 run, capped off with a pair of Howard free throws that made the score 25-22 in UT Martin’s favor at the 5:16 mark.

Southeast Missouri would close in within two points with two minutes remaining in the half before Anderson caught fire, drilling three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to close out the half and give the Skyhawks a 40-32 advantage at the break.

Anderson scored 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance – including a 3-for-3 effort from three-point range – in the first 20 minutes. Jones had 13 points for Southeast Missouri, who shot 50 percent in the first half while UT Martin connected on 53.8 percent of its field goal attempts.

Newell scored the first bucket of the second half off an offensive rebound, giving the Skyhawks a double-digit lead at 42-32. UT Martin’s lead remained at 10 points with 14:48 left to play until Southeast Missouri compiled nine unanswered points to make the score 47-46 with 11:31 remaining.

The Skyhawks then were able to expand upon their lead, sinking four free throws and coming up with three buckets in the paint to go ahead by a 57-48 margin with seven minutes left to play.

After the Redhawks closed within seven points, UT Martin essentially iced the game with a 13-1 run over a stretch of 3:53, as the Skyhawks stretched their lead out to as many as 19 points in the waning moments of the contest.

The Skyhawks host OVC West rival Eastern Illinois next Thursday, Jan. 29. Tipoff time from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Jones earns OVC Honors

Jones earns OVC Honors

Posted on 13 January 2015 by Allen

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University of Tennessee at Martin sophomore forward Ashia Jones picked up her third adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honor after her stellar performances against Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State last weekend. In addition to her OVC honors, College Sports Madness named Jones the National Mid-Major Player of the Week.
A native of Covington, Jones notched her second and third 30-point outings of her career against Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. Jones got the weekend started on the right foot with a career performance against EKU, tallying a personal best 36 points along with six rebounds against the Colonels. She kept her torrid weekend going on Saturday against Morehead State, tallying 30 points and five assists as the team shattered the previous single-game assists record.

Overall, Jones has scored 20 points or more in five of the last seven contests while averaging 26.6 points during the span. Meanwhile, Jones has scored in double figures in 31 of the last 33 games of her young career and leads the league in scoring at 20.0 ppg while ranking 25th in the country. This is her third OVC Player of the Week honor in the past five weeks.

Jones and the Skyhawks will look to continue their hot start to conference play where they have started out OVC play at 3-0 while outscoring their opponents by 19.7 points per game. UT Martin will take its unbeaten league record to rival Tennessee Tech on Thursday, Jan. 15. Tipoff from the Eblen Center is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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Skyhawks beat Morehead State in OT

Skyhawks beat Morehead State in OT

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen

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Marshun Newell poured in a season-best 20 points – six of which came in the overtime period – to help the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team seize a 75-72 victory over Morehead State at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

The win was the first Ohio Valley Conference victory in the young career of first-year Skyhawk head coach Heath Schroyer and also gave UT Martin nine wins – one more than the program tallied all of last season. The victory also was UT Martin’s first over Morehead State since Feb. 28, 2009 – snapping a nine-game losing skid to the Eagles.

“It was a really big win for us,” Schroyer said. “We had every opportunity to lay down and fold and we didn’t. We made free throws and got key stops to find a way to gut out a win against a really good team. I can’t say enough about the resilience of our team.”

A trio of Skyhawk newcomers joined Newell with double-figures in the scoring column. Deville Smith had 18 points (five of which came in overtime), while Arkeem Joseph established new career-highs in points (18), rebounds (eight) and minutes played (36) tonight. Twymond Howard chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds for the Skyhawks, who made four of their six field goal attempts and both free throw shots in overtime.

Along with Newell’s heroics, sophomore reserve forward Chandler Rowe impacted the game defensively, taking a pair of charges in an overtime frame where neither team would lead by more than three points.

“I thought Chandler just came up huge,” Schroyer said. “He took some big charges and got on the floor for loose balls. He did everything we needed to do to win.”

Morehead State (6-12, 1-2 OVC) was led by Kareem Storey’s 22 points. Brent Arrington and Angelo Warner also added 15 points apiece for the Eagles, who were held to 16.7 percent shooting (1-for-6) in the overtime period.

Howard gave UT Martin an early lead, scoring the first seven points for the Skyhawks. After a Smith three-pointer from the left corner put UT Martin ahead by a 10-9 margin, Storey reeled off seven unanswered points in 1:05 to provide Morehead State with a 16-10 lead with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half.

Joseph then helped the Skyhawks trim their deficit, as he scored six of UT Martin’s nine points in a span of three minutes to even the score at 19-all at the 9:32 mark. The Eagles followed with a 12-0 run, with the last eight points coming from Angelo Warner.

The Skyhawks answered right back with 13 unanswered points, as three-pointers by Smith, Newell and Alex Anderson helped tilt the score in UT Martin’s favor at 32-31. Morehead State would briefly reclaim a lead but a fadeaway jumper by Smith with 18 seconds left in the first half provided the halftime score of 35-all.

Smith’s 10 first-half points paced the Skyhawks, who knocked down six of their seven 3-point attempts (85.7 percent) in the first half. Storey’s 12 points led Morehead State.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Howard only 12 seconds into the second half gave UT Martin a lead it would not relinquish until Corban Collins gave Morehead State a 46-44 lead with a three-pointer from the right corner at the 15:11 mark of the second half.

Joseph then tallied back-to-back turnaround jumpers in the lane to push the Skyhawks
ahead by a 48-46 margin with 13:37 remaining in the contest. UT Martin held the lead until another Collins three-pointer gave the Eagles a 51-50 advantage at the 11:40 mark.

UT Martin reclaimed the lead after Newell scored four straight points but Morehead State tallied a quick 7-0 run over a stretch of 1:05 to go ahead by a 60-56 margin.

The Skyhawks then strung together six unanswered points, as a nifty up-and-under layup by Smith started an old-fashioned three-point play. Smith’s ensuing free throw provided UT Martin with a 61-60 advantage with 2:28 remaining.

A Warner layup with 56 seconds to go tied the score at 62-all but Newell nailed a pair of clutch free throws with 34 seconds left to put the Skyhawks on top by two points. However, Storey converted a layup on the ensuing possession to send the game into overtime.

Newell accounted for the first points of overtime with a strong take to the hoop but Morehead State registered the next four points to take a 68-66 advantage. Smith then buried a big three-pointer from the right wing gave UT Martin a one-point lead (69-68) with 3:14 to go.

Newell padded the Skyhawk lead to 73-70 with another drive to the basket but Morehead State would soon get within one point with 49 seconds left on the clock. Smith came right back with a swooping layup to push UT Martin’s lead back out to 73-70. Arrington made a pair of free throws before Newell sank two more attempts from the charity stripe with six seconds remaining. Morehead State’s last-second three-point attempt fell short and the Skyhawks corralled the rebound to close out the victory.

UT Martin returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 15 when it travels to in-state OVC rival Tennessee Tech. Tipoff at the Eblen Center is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Skyhawks fall to EKU 66-58

Skyhawks fall to EKU 66-58

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team led for a majority of tonight’s game against defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Kentucky but the Colonels made enough plays down the stretch to hand the Skyhawks a 66-58 loss at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

The lead changed hands seven times in the first six-plus minutes until UT Martin took a lead with 11:44 to go in the first half. That lead lasted until the 4:32 mark of the second half, as Corey Walden – last season’s OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player – scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead Eastern Kentucky to the win.

The Skyhawks (8-6, 0-1 OVC) were led by a career performance out of sophomore forward Javier Martinez. The 6-7, 210-pound native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands made all six of his field goal attempts and added five free throws in six attempts for a career-best 17 points to go along with eight rebounds in 35 minutes. Deville Smith added 12 points while Marshun Newell (11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists) had a great all-around performance for the Skyhawks, who had 19 assists on 20 made baskets tonight.

In addition to Walden, Eastern Kentucky (9-5, 1-0 OVC) was led by Denzel Richardson’s double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Timmy Knipp (14 points) and Eric Stutz (13 points) also reached double-figures in the scoring column for the Colonels, who shot 17.4 percent from three-point range (4-for-23) but committed only five turnovers.

“I give Eastern Kentucky a lot of credit,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “I thought we handled their pressure pretty well but it’s hard to win conference games not capitalizing on your free throws. This team is battling – we have a good team. I’m disappointed that we lost because we had a really good team on the ropes but Eastern Kentucky knows how to win close games. They’ve been there before and we’re just starting to get there.”

A Newell layup a little over a minute into the game put the Skyhawks on the scoreboard and also gave UT Martin its first lead of the contest. An old-fashioned three-point play by Twymond Howard at the 17:59 mark resulted in a 5-3 advantage for the Skyhawks.

A layup by Martinez with 13:56 left to play in the first half ignited an 11-3 Skyhawk run, as Martinez would account for six of UT Martin’s points during the scoring spurt.

The Skyhawks led by five points on two separate occasions before the Colonels evened the score at 18-all at the 7:46 mark. UT Martin was able to once again stretch its lead out to five points on two more occasions before the Colonels converted a three-pointer with under a minute to play in the half to make the halftime score 31-29 in favor of the Skyhawks.

Martinez was perfect from the field (3-for-3 shooting, 4-for-4 from the free throw line) at the break to lead all scorers with 10 points. Walden’s nine points guided Eastern Kentucky, who were limited to 16.7 percent shooting (3-for-18) from three-point range in the first 20 minutes.

UT Martin accounted for the first five points out of the locker room, as a trey by Smith and fast break jumper by Alex Anderson helped pad the Skyhawk lead out to 36-29 at the 18:25 mark.

Both teams went on a scoring drought early in the second half, as neither side would account for a field goal for a stretch of 3:21. Another Martinez layup and a three-pointer from the right side by Smith provided UT Martin with an eight-point lead (41-33) with 14:12 left to play.

Martinez converted layups on back-to-back possessions to make the score 45-38 with under 12 minutes to go but Eastern Kentucky would soon get within two points (51-49) with 7:22 remaining in the contest. Newell then answered with a three-pointer from the left wing on the next possession to push the Skyhawk lead back out to five points.

The Colonels used a 7-0 run to take their first lead since the 12:42 mark of the first half but Howard answered with a layup at the 4:06 mark to even the score at 56-56. Walden made a pair of free throws on Eastern Kentucky’s next possession but Smith responded with a backdoor layup to tie the contest at 58-all.

However, the Colonels concluded the game with eight unanswered points – six of which came from the charity stripe.

The Skyhawks round out a four-date homestand with a “White Out” game on Saturday, Jan. 10 against OVC rival Morehead State. Fans are invited to wear white for the contest, which is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

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Skyhawks announce 2015 Baseball Schedule

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Skyhawks announce 2015 Baseball Schedule

Posted on 06 January 2015 by Allen

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A total of 26 home games and neutral site games at nearby Union City and Jackson highlight the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2015 baseball schedule, which was released today by head coach Rick Robinson.

The Skyhawks return 19 players from last season and welcome in 14 newcomers this season, which will be the first for Robinson at UT Martin. The coach enters his 18th year as a collegiate coach in 2015 and boasts a 699-281 career record after successful stints at Young Harris College (1999-2014) and Brevard College (1992).

“We are excited about the challenges of this year’s schedule,” Robinson said. “I am positive that our players will compete with enthusiasm and passion every day and to the best of their ability.”

UT Martin begins the season with eight games against first-time opponents. The Skyhawks travel to Mississippi for a tournament on Feb. 13-15, playing two games each against Texas-Pan American and host Jackson State.

The Skyhawks then host Western Michigan for a four-game home set on Feb. 20-22 in the home season-opening series.

UT Martin follows with a road game at defending national champion Vanderbilt on Feb. 24 before returning to Skyhawk Field for a weekend series against IPFW. The Skyhawks are 8-1 all-time against the Mastodons, who compete in the Summit League.

Ohio Valley Conference season begins on March 6-8 when UT Martin makes the short trek to Murray State. The Skyhawks then travel to nearby Jackson for a neutral game against Jackson State on March 10, marking the first time that UT Martin has played in that ballpark since the Skyhawks made the OVC Tournament in 2011. It will be the first nonconference game that UT Martin has played in that stadium – which is home to the Jackson Generals, the Seattle Mariners’ Double-A affiliate – since it took on Memphis on April 22, 2009.

The Skyhawks host Tennessee Tech and Southern Illinois before visiting the Show Me State for four games (at Saint Louis, three games at OVC rival Southeast Missouri).

A five-game homestand follows for UT Martin, who hosts Christian Brothers, OVC foe Belmont and Evansville to close out the month of March. A road series at OVC rival Eastern Kentucky opens the month of April, followed by a return road game at Evansville on April 7.

UT Martin plays host to regional rival Bethel on April 8 and conference foe Morehead State before embarking on an eight-game road swing. The Skyhawks play at Southeastern Conference power Ole Miss (April 15), perennial Missouri Valley Conference contenders Missouri State (April 17-19) and Southern Illinois (April 22) before a three-game road series at OVC rival SIU Edwardsville.

A nonconference game against Murray State follows on April 28. The game will be played at Elam Stadium in nearby Union City as a neutral site game for both teams.

The Skyhawks open May with a home series against in-state OVC opponent Austin Peay before three road games at conference rival Eastern Illinois. UT Martin travels to Memphis on May 12 before concluding the regular season with a three-game home set against Jacksonville State on May 14-16.

The OVC Tournament will once again be played at the Ballpark at Jackson, marking the sixth consecutive season that the league’s tournament champion will be crowned at that venue. The tournament – located less than 60 miles away from the UT Martin campus – will take place on May 20-24.

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 6:00 PM vs. Texas-Pan American^
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:00 PM vs. Texas-Pan American^
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 3:00 PM at Jackson State^
Sun, Feb 15, 2015 1:00 PM at Jackson State^
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 3:00 PM WESTERN MICHIGAN
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 12:00 PM WESTERN MICHIGAN
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 3:30 PM WESTERN MICHIGAN
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:00 PM WESTERN MICHIGAN
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 4:00 PM at Vanderbilt
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 3:00 PM IPFW
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 2:00 PM IPFW
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 12:00 PM IPFW
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 3:00 PM at Murray State*
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 2:00 PM at Murray State*
Sun, Mar 8, 2015 1:00 PM at Murray State*
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 6:00 PM JACKSON STATE#
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 6:00 PM TENNESSEE TECH*
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 3:00 PM TENNESSEE TECH*
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 1:00 PM TENNESSEE TECH*
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 5:00 PM SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 3:00 PM at Saint Louis
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 3:00 PM at Southeast Missouri*
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 2:00 PM at Southeast Missouri*
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 1:00 PM at Southeast Missouri*
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 6:00 PM CHRISTIAN BROTHERS
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 6:00 PM BELMONT*
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 3:00 PM BELMONT*
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 1:00 PM BELMONT*
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 6:00 PM EVANSVILLE
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 5:00 PM at Eastern Kentucky*
Sat, Apr 4, 2015 3:00 PM at Eastern Kentucky*
Sun, Apr 5, 2015 12:00 PM at Eastern Kentucky*
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 6:00 PM at Evansville
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 6:00 PM BETHEL
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 6:00 PM MOREHEAD STATE*
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 3:00 PM MOREHEAD STATE*
Sun, Apr 12, 2015 1:00 PM MOREHEAD STATE*
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:30 PM at Ole Miss
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 6:35 PM at Missouri State
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 2:05 PM at Missouri State
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 1:05 PM at Missouri State
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 5:00 PM at Southern Illinois
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 6:00 PM at SIU Edwardsville*
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 1:00 PM at SIU Edwardsville*
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 1:00 PM at SIU Edwardsville*
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 6:00 PM MURRAY STATE%
Fri, May 1, 2015 6:00 PM AUSTIN PEAY*
Sat, May 2, 2015 3:00 PM AUSTIN PEAY*
Sun, May 3, 2015 1:00 PM AUSTIN PEAY*
Fri, May 8, 2015 3:00 PM at Eastern Illinois*
Sat, May 9, 2015 1:00 PM at Eastern Illinois*
Sun, May 10, 2015 1:00 PM at Eastern Illinois*
Tue, May 12, 2015 6:30 PM at Memphis
Thu, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM JACKSONVILLE STATE*
Fri, May 15, 2015 6:00 PM JACKSONVILLE STATE*
Sat, May 16, 2015 2:00 PM JACKSONVILLE STATE*
Wed, May 20, 2015 TBA at OVC Tournament#
Thu, May 21, 2015 TBA at OVC Tournament#
Fri, May 22, 2015 TBA at OVC Tournament#
Sat, May 23, 2015 TBA at OVC Tournament#
Sun, May 24, 2015 TBA at OVC Tournament#

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Skyhawks blow out Crowley’s Ridge College on New Year’s Day

Skyhawks blow out Crowley’s Ridge College on New Year’s Day

Posted on 01 January 2015 by Allen

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All five University of Tennessee at Martin starters reached double-figures in the scoring column this afternoon as the Skyhawk men’s basketball team raced past Crowley’s Ridge College by a 84-61 margin at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

Deville Smith led UT Martin in scoring for the seventh time this season, pouring in 17 points to go along with seven assists, a career-best six steals and five rebounds. Alex Anderson tied a career-high with 16 points while Twymond Howard racked up 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Marshun Newell (13 points, eight rebounds, five assists) and Javier Martinez (season-high 12 points) rounded out the top scorers for the Skyhawks, who shot 57.6 percent in the second half to finish with an 8-5 record in nonconference play.

Crowley’s Ridge, an Association of Christian College Athletics member located in Paragould, Ark., was guided by Quinn Cooper’s 26 points and eight rebounds. Roy Marshall (15 points) and Skylor Guess (13 points, 10 rebounds) also led the Pioneers, who were forced into 21 turnovers by the Skyhawk defense.

“I thought at about the 12-minute mark of the second half, we found an offensive rhythm,” UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer said. “The last two games in particular, we have had wide-open looks that we’ve knocked down all year but those shots haven’t really fallen for us. Defensively, we found a way to stay in the game until the shots started falling.”

Smith scored seven straight points to help the Skyhawks jump out to a 13-5 lead through the game’s six-plus minutes. Another layup by Smith at the 11:41 mark kept UT Martin’s lead at eight points (17-9).

Crowley’s Ridge then went on a 10-0 run over a span of 3:15, taking a 19-17 lead with 7:24 remaining in the first half. The Skyhawks would later respond with 10 unanswered points of their own, capped off with a tip-in by Chandler Rowe at the 1:40 mark.

The Pioneers got within four points with under a minute to play in the first half before a Smith floater in the lane at the buzzer provided UT Martin with a 31-25 halftime advantage.

Smith’s 13 points led all scorers at the break while Cooper tallied 10 points for Crowley’s Ridge. ;

Buckets by Martinez and Howard opened the scoring in the second half, resulting in a double-digit Skyhawk lead (35-25) with 19:13 left to play. The Pioneers then went on a 13-3 run to tie the score at 40-all with 14 minutes remaining in the contest.

UT Martin quickly answered with 11 unanswered points – six of which came from Newell – to claim a 51-40 lead with just under 11 minutes to go. Crowley’s Ridge crept within seven points at the 8:40 mark but that would ultimately be as close as the Pioneers would get the rest of the way.

Another 11-0 run by the Skyhawks pushed UT Martin’s advantage out to 69-50 with 5:34 left to play in the contest. An old-fashioned three-point play by Anderson at the 2:18 mark gave ;the Skyhawks a 21-point advantage at 76-55 before five straight points by CJ Davis closed out the game and provided UT Martin with its biggest lead of the day – the final 84-61 margin.

The Skyhawks now open Ohio Valley Conference play with a pair of home games next week. UT Martin hosts defending OVC tournament champion Eastern Kentucky on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a matchup against Morehead State on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.

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Joseph named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Joseph named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 29 December 2014 by Allen

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The Ohio Valley Conference announced today that Arkeem Joseph, a 6-9, 280-pound junior center on the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team, earned adidas OVC Newcomer of the Week accolades.

This marks the second straight week that a Skyhawk has been the recipient of the OVC’s Newcomer of the Week honors, as Deville Smith captured the award last week as well as Player of the Week accolades. Today’s announcement also marks just the fourth time in program history that two different UT Martin players won the OVC Newcomer of the Week accolade in back-to-back weeks and first time since Djero Riedewald and Lester Hudson were honored on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18, 2008, respectively.

Joseph is coming off the best game of his young Skyhawk career, as he established new career-highs in points (12), rebounds (seven) and minutes played (32) at Butler on Dec. 22. He sank five of his eight field goal attempts and also added a pair of free throws while blocking a shot for UT Martin. Four of his rebounds came on the offensive glass against the Big East opponent.

A transfer out of Monroe College, Joseph has started in six games this season, including each of the last four contests. He is averaging 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting at a 49.2 percent clip (29-for-59) in 19.1 minutes per game.

The Skyhawks open a season-long four-game homestand tomorrow (Dec. 30) against Maryland-Eastern Shore. Tipoff time from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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