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MARTIN, Tenn. – Coming off back-to-back victories for the first time this season, the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team travels to Mississippi State for its final nonconference road game of the season. Tipoff from Humphrey Coliseum is set for Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Using this week to focus on their final examinations for the fall semester, the Skyhawks (3-7) are back in action for the first time since a historic offensive effort in a 127-92 home victory over UC Clermont last Sunday. UT Martin poured in the second-most points in a single game in school history (only two points short of the record set in 1986) while also coming up just shy of single-game program records with 50 field goals made and 15 three-point field goals made.
In the win over UC Clermont, Fatodd Lewis posted the seventh triple-double in the Division-I ranks this season with career-highs of 34 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. Freshman Parrish Hewitt pitched in career-highs of 29 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks as the duo became the first pair of Skyhawks to score at least 25 points in a game since Marquis Weddle (39) and Lester Hudson (28) accomplished the feat against Samford on March 4, 2008.
UT Martin has lit up the scoreboard for 109.5 points per game in its last two outings after averaging 60.6 points over its previous five contests. A big key to the Skyhawks’ recent success has been their accuracy from the charity stripe as UT Martin leads the Ohio Valley Conference in free throw percentage (.764).
Mississippi State (8-1) entered the week as one of seven unbeaten Division-I squads before falling at No. 25 Cincinnati by a 65-50 margin on Tuesday. Junior forward Aric Holman equaled his career-high with 18 points while also hauling in 10 rebounds for his fourth career double-double. Brothers Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon added 12 points apiece for the Bulldogs, who outrebounded the Bearcats but shot just 30.2 percent (19-of-63) for the contest.
Fans can watch the game live, free of charge, online on SEC Network+ at the link above. Chris Brinkley will call all of the action live from courtside on Star 95.1 FM at the link found at the top of the webpage. Live stats can also be tracked throughout the game by accessing the link above.