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Skyhawks avoid Cougars grasp

Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:01

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.

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