Skyhawks avoid Cougars grasp
The Skyhawks men's team finally got off of their four-game losing streak by defeating the SIUE Cougars 65-62.
In a game that started off very fast paced, the Skyhawks took an early 13-5 lead. UTM held off many first half charges by the Cougars, but ultimately controlled the ball and the lead in a very physical first half, entering the locker room with a 34-28 lead.
Once again the Skyhawks would build up a lead only to have the Cougars claw their way back into the game. This is a problem that the Skyhawks have faced all season, but it was on full display in Edwardsville on Saturday night.
With six minutes left in the game SIUE's junior forward Derian Shaffer went to the line after a foul from Skyhawks junior guard Mike Liabo. Shaffer nailed the shot tying the game. Four minute later senior forward Jerome James would hit a three to give the Cougars their first lead with just two minutes left in the game.
With under a minute left to play, sophomore forward Myles Taylor would hit three free throws to give the Skyhawks a 65-62 win. This was the Skyhawks first win since they beat Austin Peay at home Jan. 5, and only their sixth win this season.
Liabo led the team with 16 total points, three rebounds and one assist. Taylor finished the game with the team's only double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. He is currently on pace to become the first sophomore to finish the season ranked in the Top 5 in both scoring and rebounding. He is fifth in scoring (16.9 ppg) and tied for fifth place in rebounding (7.5 per game).
The Skyhawks return home Jan. 31 to take on Eastern Kentucky. To follow the game, follow The Pacer on Facebook and Twitter, @thepacer.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
From Around the Web
Recent The Pacer News Articles
Discuss This Article
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST THE PACER NEWS
RECENT THE PACER CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Be on the Lookout for These Invasive Species
- It's Official: Women Are the Decision-Makers Even When It...
- Where the Jobs Are: Why Relocating May Be the Best Option
- Value of Education Brings Success Among Unique Student...
- Is Faith Really a Good Thing?
- Are Workers Taking Enough Time to Understand Their...
- Save Now With Proven High-Efficiency Gas Wall-Hung Boiler
- Some Jobs Really Are a Pain in the Back
- Are Your Investments Doomed by Overfunded Public Markets?
- Straighten Up if You Want to Help Avoid Back Problems
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Leading Digital Strategists Transform Digital Marketing In Business and Academia
- USA NETWORK AND VERIZON CHARACTERS UNITE COLLEGE TOUR TO VISIT SEVEN CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ENGAGING STUDENTS TO COMBAT DISCRIMINATION AND DATING ABUSE
- OH HONEY ARE “SINCERELY YOURS” WITH NEW EP // HONDA CIVIC TOUR
- Mercedes-Benz Financial Services wants you to help “Drive Our Future”
- Bring Snoop Dogg to Your College Campus