February 21, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball squad begins the final pursuit of its second consecutive Ohio Valley Conference West division championship when it hosts the Austin Peay Governors on Thursday, Feb. 23. Tipoff time from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is set for 7 p.m.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, nine teams are still alive for an eight-team OVC Tournament berth. With two games left to play, the Skyhawks (18-11, 8-6 OVC) are tied with Southeast Missouri and Murray State atop the OVC West standings.

UT Martin will look to take advantage of a distinct home court advantage, as the Skyhawks have won five consecutive OVC home games. UT Martin is 31-7 overall in games played at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center over the past three seasons and is tied with Belmont for the most home victories (11) in the league in 2016-17.

The Skyhawks are looking for their sixth straight regular season victory against Austin Peay. Earlier this season in Clarksville, UT Martin led by as many as 18 points in the first half before closing out an 85-79 win against the host Governors. Jacolby Mobley went off for a career-best 36 points while Javier Martinez hauled in a double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds for the Skyhawks, who limited Austin Peay to 22.7 percent (5-for-22) shooting from three-point range.

The Governors (10-18, 6-8 OVC) swept home games over Eastern Illinois (85-80) and SIUE (92-84) last week to get back into OVC Tournament contention. John Murry was named adidas OVC Player of the Week after averaging 28.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per outing for Austin Peay, who provided head coach Dave Loos with his 500th career win against Eastern Illinois.

Josh Robinson is one of just three OVC players to average at least 20 points per game this season while Kenny Jones has scored at least 16 points in three of his four career outings against UT Martin.

This game can be viewed live, free of charge, on the OVC Digital Network at the link above. Fans can tune in to KYTN 104.9 FM or WUTM 90.3 FM to hear all of the action on the radio airwaves. Live stats for the game can be found at the top of the webpage.

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