MEN'S HOOPS GOES FOR SEASON SWEEP OF OVC WEST RIVAL EASTERN ILLINOIS ON THURSDAY

February 4, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team starts off the month of February with a road trip through the Land of Lincoln when it squares off against the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Thursday, Feb. 6. Tipoff from Lantz Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Skyhawks (7-17, 2-7 Ohio Valley Conference) will go for the season sweep of Eastern Illinois, as UT Martin turned away the Panthers for an 84-77 victory just two weeks ago in Martin. In that game, UT Martin trailed by 11 points in the early stages of the second half before the Skyhawk bench ignited a second half comeback. Mike Liabo compiled 20 points for UT Martin, who shot 60 percent (15-for-25) in the second half to complete its comeback.

Eastern Illinois (8-14, 5-5 OVC) is coming off a 76-70 home win over SIU Edwardsville on Saturday. The Panthers were down by nine points with 13:18 remaining but battled back for the victory by shooting 56 percent (14-for-25) over the final 20 minutes. Sherman Blanford - who had a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds in Eastern Illinois’ meeting against UT Martin earlier this year - led the way against the Cougars with game-highs of 24 points and 13 boards.

Fans can watch the game live, free of charge, on the OVC Digital Network by clicking on the link at the top of the webpage. Chris Brinkley (play-by-play) and Alex Boggis (color) will be live on the call locally on Star 95.1 FM. Live stats for the game will also be provided at the link above.