UTM TRAVELS TO JACKSONVILLE STATE FOR REMATCH OF LAST SEASON'S OVC CHAMPIONSHIP

January 23, 2018



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MARTIN, Tenn. – Coming off one of its most efficient offensive performances of the season, the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team pays a visit to Ohio Valley Conference rival Jacksonville State on Thursday, Jan. 25. Tipoff time from Pete Mathews Coliseum is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

This game serves a rematch of the 2017 OVC Tournament championship, as the Gamecocks claimed a 66-55 win at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Skyhawk senior guard Matthew Butler tossed in 17 points in that contest and averaged 16.0 points over two outings against Jacksonville State last season.

UT Martin (7-14, 2-6 OVC) was victorious in its last game, a dramatic 70-69 decision at SIUE on Saturday. Dominique Williams recorded the first double-double of his collegiate career with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Terrence Parker added a career-best 14 points. Fatodd Lewis sank the go-ahead jumper in the lane with 11 seconds to go for the Skyhawks, whose 59.6 percent shooting clip was the second-highest mark of the season (trailing only the 61.5 percent effort at Arkansas State on Dec. 5).

Delfincko Bogan was a difference-maker on both ends at SIUE, securing game-highs of 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting) and five steals. The Charleston, Mo. native began his collegiate career at Jacksonville State, appearing in 30 games as a true freshman in 2015-16.

The Gamecocks (15-6, 6-2 OVC) swept a pair of road decisions last week, winning 58-57 at Morehead State and 68-60 at Eastern Kentucky. Jason Burnell averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on his way to adidas OVC Newcomer of the Week accolades, posting a career-best 20 points in the victory at Morehead State.

In Saturday’s win at Eastern Kentucky, reigning OVC Tournament MVP Malcolm Drumwright scored 20 points for Jacksonville State, who tops the OVC in scoring defense (64.9 points per game), field goal percentage defense (.396), three-point field goal percentage defense (.318) and blocks (5.1 per game).

Fans can watch the game live, free of charge, on the OVC Digital Network. That link - as well as links for the Star 95.1 FM radio call and live stats - can be found above.