February 10, 2018

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team was dealt a crushing 81-77 overtime loss at the hands of Southeast Missouri at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center this evening.

The Skyhawks (9-18, 4-10 Ohio Valley Conference) led by 15 points with nine minutes remaining in the second half before Southeast Missouri mounted its comeback. Redhawk sophomore Denzel Mahoney sent the game into overtime with a 22-foot straightaway three-pointer at the regulation buzzer to even the score at 74-all. After UT Martin scored the opening bucket in the overtime period, Southeast Missouri was responsible for the final seven points of the contest.

“We couldn’t hold the lead,” Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart said. “Southeast Missouri made some good adjustments and played hard – they played like they deserved to win. We let some things get by the wayside defensively and we had a spell where we couldn’t score once again and that hurt us.”

Five UT Martin players pitched in double-digit scoring efforts tonight, led by Fatodd Lewis’ 15 points and team-high seven rebounds. Darius Thompson scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting while Delfincko Bogan contributed 12 points, a career-high nine assists, five rebounds and three assists. Matthew Butler and Jailen Gill scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for a Skyhawk squad that shot 30-of-51 (58.9 percent) in regulation but was 1-of-8 from the floor in overtime.

The Redhawks improved to 12-15 (6-8 OVC) behind Mahoney’s 27 points. Ladarrius Brewer had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds while Daniel Simmons (15 points) and Justin Carpenter (10 points) each scored in double-digits.

Dominique Williams and Gill each scored in the first 78 seconds to give UT Martin a 4-0 advantage. The lead changed hands seven times over the next five-plus minutes before the Skyhawks seized control. A Thompson layup at the 13:47 mark made the score 14-13 in favor of UT Martin.

The Skyhawks would hold the upper hand until the 1:59 mark of overtime. Lewis scored six of nine UT Martin points during one stretch before Parrish Hewitt canned a trey from the right wing to give the Skyhawks a 28-20 lead with 6:41 to go before the halftime break.

A Gill jumper extended UT Martin’s advantage out to double-digits with five minutes left in the opening stanza while Butler drilled a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to keep the Skyhawk margin at 10 points (39-29).

Williams had nine points to lead UT Martin in the first half, as the Skyhawks shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field. The Redhawks were guided by Simmons’ 10 points as Southeast Missouri was outrebounded by a 17-8 margin in the opening 20 minutes.

Bogan sank a three-pointer early in the second half but the Redhawks trimmed their deficit to five points at the 17:19 mark. UT Martin responded with a 7-2 run and eventually stretched its lead out to 62-47 behind a Lewis jumper with 9:45 remaining in regulation.

The Skyhawk lead stayed at 15 points (64-49) when Mike Fofana converted a layup at the 9:09 mark but UT Martin went scoreless over the next three-plus minutes. A fast break layup by Thompson at the 6:04 mark put an end to the Skyhawk drought and a 10-0 Redhawk surge.

Brewer scored eight consecutive points for Southeast Missouri but Butler (left-handed jumper in the lane) and Gill (turnaround jumper on the right block) scored on back-to-back trips down the floor to give UT Martin a 70-65 lead at the 1:47 mark.

Following a pair of Bogan free throws with seven ticks remaining, Jonathan Dalton (10 assists) found a trailing Mahoney for his game-tying three-pointer at the conclusion of the second half.

Butler broke the 74-74 tie with a three-pointer with 3:21 left in overtime. However, that would be the last points of the game for the Skyhawks as Simmons was responsible for five straight points. UT Martin had two chances to tie or go ahead in the final two minutes but could not score. Two Brewer free throws with six seconds left pushed the Skyhawk deficit to four points and essentially iced the win.

UT Martin rounds out its home schedule next week, hosting SIUE on Thursday, Feb. 15 for a 7 p.m. matchup before Senior Day festivities against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 17.

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