Martin, Tennessee – The University of Tennessee-Martin men’s basketball team has just delivered its best defensive performance of the season and is looking to continue its winning streak at home against Ohio Valley Conference nemesis Southeast Missouri. Tip-off on Thursday, January 5 is set for 8:00 PM (after the women’s basketball game finishes as the back end of the doubleheader).
The Skyhawks (9-6, OVC 1-1) turned up the heat last Saturday, holding Morehead State to one field goal in a 64-57 win in the final nine minutes. UT Martin held the Eagles’ shooting percentage to 30.8% during the visit (the lowest by an OVC opponent since Eastern Illinois shot 28.1% on Jan. 28, 2021) and will be in 2022-23. They conceded the fewest points against their Division I opponents.
Jordan Sears He had a season-high 18 points and 5 assists in the Skyhawks’ win over Morehead State. KK Curry He had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Curry became the seventh UT Martin player to record at least 16 rebounds in an OVC contest since 2008-09.
Saturday’s win was also the eighth straight win to start the season inside the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center, setting a record for the program’s NCAA Division I era (since 1992). The Skyhawks have won his fourth consecutive home outs against Southeastern Missouri and his seven of his last eight home decisions dating back to 2015 (2017-19). It was the only setback in overtime for the 18th season).
K.J. Simon Last season against the Redhawks, he averaged 21.5 points and had an impressive shooting percentage of 56.7% (17-of-30) over two games.
Southeast Missouri (6-9, 1-1 OVC) thrashed SIUE, who currently lead the OVC in winning percentage (.667), 82-73 at home, ending their eighth straight loss on Saturday. Philip Russell’s 19 points and his game-high seven assists led a Redhawk team that had never lost in a contest. Chris Harris (14 points), Dylan Branson (14 points) and Josh Earley (12 points) also scored in double figures, while Georgetown transfer Kobe Clarke had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Chris Brinkley will be covering all the action live on ESPN+ and WCMT Radio 1410 AM/100.5 FM. These links are at the top of the webpage, in addition to the link to live stats.