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UTM downs SIUE for season sweep

By Bradley Stringfield
On February 11, 2013

After a tough loss to Eastern Illinois, in which the Skyhawks shot poorly all game, the team came out and responded well by beating the SIUE Cougars for the second time this season by beating them 77-68.

The Cougars took the ball at the start of the game and quickly pulled out to a 11-7 lead. After two big 3-point shots from junior guard Mike Liabo you could feel the momentum beginning to sway. Then in less than two minutes the Skyhawks had taken control of the game. Two dunks by junior guard Justin Childs and one by sophomore forward Myles Taylor had the Skyhawks up 23-25 with 7:07 left in the first half.

The Skyhawks defense wasn't able to hold down the Cougars as they clawed their way back into the game going into the half only down by seven with the score being 37-30.

 After a competitive first half the second half was all Skyhawks, who at one point had pulled out to a 17-point lead. A 6-0 by the Skyhawks with less than four minutes left to play ended the Cougars chances of coming back in the game and the Skyhawks coasted to a 77-68 win. The win put the Skyhawks put the middle of a four-way tie for second place in the Ohio Valley Conference West Division.

Due to an illness on Friday Taylor missed practice and did not start. However, freshman forward BJ McLaughlin got the start in his place and impressed the coaches. Freshman guard Dee Oldham also got extended playing time against the Cougars.

"Those guys are starting to grow up, " Coach James said. "I think they've been playing well for us. Impressed wouldn't be the word...We know that they're going to be really good players for us. I didn't know how quickly, but we're starting to figure out a little quicker than we thought.

The Skyhawks had 35 points of off their bench most of those coming from Taylor who totaled 23 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Sophomore guard Terrance Smith had 16 points, four assist and one steal. Liabo finished with 15 points, five assist, and five rebounds. Senior forward Jeremy Washington finished with a team-high seven rebounds, seven points and one steal.

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