Southeast Missouri St edges Tennessee-Martin 73-71
Thursday, January 5, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Marcus Brister's layup with 12 seconds left propelled Southeast Missouri State to a 73-71 win over Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night, keeping the Redhawks undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Trailing 66-65, Myles Taylor scored six straight points to push the Skyhawks back ahead at 71-70 with 2:21 to play. But the Redhawks (8-7, 3-0) took over from there, as Waylon Jones' foul shot evened the game at 71, setting up Brister's game-winning drop-in.
UT-Martin didn't score in the final 2 minutes, as the Redhawks' defense forced three missed shots at the Skyhawks' end.
The Skyhawks blew a 44-35 halftime lead.
Nick Niemczyk and Tyler Stone scored 16 points apiece to lead the Redhawks. Marland Smith added 12 points and Brister finished with 11.
Mike Liabo scored a game-high 18 points to lead UT-Martin (3-14, 0-4).