November 11, 2017

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Coming off a thrilling season opener, the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team continues its participation in the Global Sports Invitational with a nationally televised tilt on Sunday, Nov. 12 against Illinois out of the Big Ten Conference. Tipoff from the State Farm Center is set for 5 p.m.

The Skyhawks (0-1) came close to pulling off a big road victory on Friday, as UT Martin gave Conference USA member Marshall all they could handle before falling 102-91 in overtime. In that game, the Skyhawks led 46-31 at the halftime break before the Thundering Herd pieced together a late rally. Marshall found an offensive rhythm in overtime, shooting 75 percent from the floor to outscore UT Martin by a 19-8 margin in the extra period.

Graduate transfer forward Dominique Williams stepped up to lead the Skyhawks off the bench at Marshall, accumulating a career-best 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting. The 6-6 Radford transfer, who also played two seasons at FIU, was also involved in some late game heroics as he knocked down a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Matthew Butler (20 points, four assists, four rebounds) also stood out while Terrence Parker (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Delfincko Bogan (10 points) helped provide a scoring punch off the bench. The Skyhawks’ 91 points were the most against a Division-I season-opening opponent in school history.

Illinois (1-0) knocked off Southern by a 102-55 margin on Friday in head coach Brad Underwood’s Fighting Illini debut. Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork tallied a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) while Aaron Jordan registered 17 points in only 18 minutes off the bench. Kipper Nichols (14), Leron Black (14) and Michael Fenke (12) also reached double-figures in the scoring column for Illinois, who never trailed in the contest and shot a blistering 91.9 percent from the charity stripe (34-of-37).

The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, as Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (color) will be on the call. The game can also be viewed live on WatchESPN at the link above. Chris Brinkley and Alex Boggis will have the radio call live from courtside on Star 95.1 FM and at the link located at the top of the webpage. A link for live stats is also available above.

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