November 15, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior forward Kedar Edwards piled up a career-high 23 points to lead a balanced University of Tennessee at Martin scoring attack as the Skyhawks rolled to a 95-64 victory over in-state NAIA opponent Cumberland at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

Edwards made 10 of his 16 field goal attempts to lead four UT Martin players who scored in double-figures. Jacolby Mobley tied a career-high with five treys on his way to 19 points while Fatodd Lewis (13 points, career-high seven rebounds) and Javier Martinez (10 points, game-high nine rebounds, career-best six assists) also lifted the Skyhawks.

Matthew Butler had nine points and a game-high eight assists while Dante Bailey scored nine points for UT Martin, who shot 56.7 percent (38-of-67) with 13 three-pointers to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Cumberland (1-4) was led by Joseph Wilbert, Drexler Davis and Ronell Abaekobe, who each scored eight points apiece. The Phoenix saw 12 different players score but couldn’t overcome a 39.1 percent shooting performance.

“We played hard and were unselfish on offense,” Skyhawk head coach Anthony Stewart said. “We played for each other. I tell them every day in practice that we don’t want good shots, we want great shots. That means giving up your good shot and making a pass to an open teammate for a great shot.”

Mobley canned a three-pointer at the 18:23 mark of the first half to open up the game’s scoring. UT Martin soon broke a 5-5 tie with 12 unanswered points, six of which came on a pair of Mobley trifectas.

The Phoenix got back within single-digits with 14:21 to go before the halftime break but a layup by Lewis capped off a 14-2 Skyhawk run that made the score 34-13 in favor of UT Martin.

Edwards scored eight consecutive points for the Skyhawks over a stretch of 1:30 before Cumberland scored the final five points of the first half, resulting in UT Martin taking a 53-34 advantage into the locker room.

Both Edwards (15 points) and Mobley (12 points) reached double-figures scoring in the first 20 minutes. The Skyhawks converted nine 3-pointers in the first half while racking up 16 assists on 20 made baskets. Wilbert, Davis and Trenton Perry each had six points for Cumberland, who were forced into nine first-half turnovers.

UT Martin’s first 10 points of the second half came in the paint, concluding with a powerful dunk by Lewis with 15:24 left in the contest.

Bailey knocked down three-pointers from the left corner on back-to-back possessions for the Skyhawks, helping push the UT Martin lead out to 69-46. Butler and Mobley also added treys before Edwards went on another scoring spree, tossing in six of the Skyhawks’ eight points during one span.

A layup by Nick Detlev with 47 seconds to go provided UT Martin with its biggest lead of the night (95-63) as the Skyhawks coasted to the finish line.

UT Martin closes out its three-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 18 when it hosts Cleveland State in the opening contest of the Bluegrass Showcase. Tipoff time from the Elam Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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