TAYLOR AND SMITH NAMED ALL-OVC PERFORMERS BY COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS
March 7, 2014
MARTIN, Tenn. – Myles Taylor and Terence Smith, both members of the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program, have earned All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades by College Sports Madness.
Taylor and Smith tied for the team lead in scoring, as they both averaged 14.6 points per outing, which tied as the 10th best output in the league. Taylor was named to the All-OVC second team while Smith was recognized on the league’s fourth team.
After missing the first three games while healing from a torn ACL suffered in the regular season finale in 2012-13, the 6-7, 250-pound junior forward out of Little Rock, Ark. led the team in scoring for the entire season. Taylor also added team-highs of 6.3 rebounds per game and 27 blocks, each of which ranked ninth in the OVC. He also shot 50.9 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and knocked down 73.9 percent of his team-high 153 free throw attempts.
Taylor cracked double-figures in 22 of his 28 games in 2013-14, scoring 20-plus points on four different occasions. He racked up four double-doubles, tying his career-high with 14 rebounds at Austin Peay on Jan. 2. He also set a new career-best in scoring with a 34-point effort against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 21 and swatted away a career-best seven blocks against Jackson State on Nov. 22.
Smith was a model of consistency during his redshirt junior season, scoring in double-digits in 28 of 31 games – including 18 straight games during midseason. He racked up five games of 20-plus points, including season-best 23-point efforts against Jackson State (Nov. 22) and Southeast Missouri (Feb. 22).
The 6-4, 195-pound Russellville, Ala. native ranked third in the OVC in three-point field goal percentage (.438), sixth in free throw percentage (.822) and ninth in three-point field goals made (1.9 per game). Smith also added 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per outing with a near 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio (86:45).