MARTIN, Tenn. – Myles Taylor turned in a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds Saturday to lead UT Martin to a come-from-behind 68-51 win over SIUE in Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball at the Elam Center.
The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Cougars, who fell to 6-21 overall and 3-12 in OVC play. The loss officially ended SIUE's chances at a third consecutive OVC Tournament bid. UT Martin improved to 17-12 overall and 9-5 in the OVC. The Skyhawks have won seven straight games and are tied atop the OVC West standings with Murray State.
"We didn't get enough stops," SIUE Head Coach Jon Harris said. "That's the bottom line. I give UT Martin a great deal of credit. That's a tremendous basketball team."
Despite shooting just 37.3 percent (22-59) for the game and 36.4 percent (12-33) for the first half, SIUE took a 29-27 lead into halftime. The Cougars forced eight first-half turnovers by UT Martin and converted those turnovers into nine points.
UT Martin was 12 for 22 (54.5 percent) from the field in the second half and outscored SIUE 41-22 in the period.
The two teams traded leads four times in the first four-plus minutes of the half. A jumper from Taylor gave UT Martin the lead for good with 15:39 to play. Jacolby Mobley hit one of his four three-pointers with 9:33 left to make it 50-41 in favor of the Skyhawks.
Taylor pushed the lead back to six with a shot from the lane at 6:16 before Newton answered with another three-pointer for SIUE to make 52-49 with 5:43 left. The Cougars never could get any closer.
Mobley and Twymond Howard each finished with 14 points to join Taylor in double figures scoring.
"We didn't do a good job on Myles Taylor or Twymond Howard," Harris said. "That was a big difference in the ballgame."
The Skyhawks finished the game 14 for 20 at the free throw line. They were 13 for 18 in the second half alone. The Cougars were just 1-3 at the free throw line and missed both attempts in the second period.
"We didn't get enough going around the rim," Harris added. "You have to find a way to get to the rim and get to the free throw line. They outscored us by 13 points on free throws. It's tough to win on the road with those numbers."
Anderson led SIUE with 17 points he was 7 for 15 from the floor. He added two rebounds and a team-high five assists.
"Carlos was great," Harris said. "He was great on both ends. As a true freshman, he's been our best defender from day one. That's something that he doesn't waiver on. He takes a lot of pride on that end."
Newton knocked down four three-pointer for the game and finished with 12 points. Jalen Henry scored 10 points, pulled in five rebounds and added a career-high four assists.
"He's playing with more confidence and playing a little more aggressive," Harris said of Henry. "Jalen is effective when he is playing aggressively. He has a load of potential and has a bright future ahead of him if he continues to work."
The Cougars will play their final game of the season Thursday when Austin Peay comes to Edwardsville. SIUE will honor five seniors prior to the game.
"I hope we have a great crowd Thursday against Austin Peay," Harris said. "We want to finish on a win, but we want the crowd to come out and get behind these seniors."