November 14, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team will try for its second consecutive victory when it returns to the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center for a tilt against in-state NAIA opponent Cumberland on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tipoff time is set for 7 p.m.

This game renews a series with Cumberland that has been dormant since 1996. The Skyhawks own a perfect 4-0 all-time mark against the Phoenix, as these two squads played for three consecutive seasons from 1985-88 before UT Martin also prevailed in the aforementioned 1996 contest.

The Skyhawks (1-1) will look to take advantage of a distinct home court advantage, as UT Martin is 21-5 in games played in the Elam Center since the 2014-15 season.

The high-powered Skyhawk offense was in full force last Sunday during UT Martin’s first win of the season on Sunday, an 88-80 home decision over UT Rio Grande Valley. In that game, Jacolby Mobley’s 20 points paced four Skyhawks in double-figures in the scoring column, as he was joined by Fatodd Lewis (career-best 17 points), Kedar Edwards (15 points) and Matthew Butler (14 points). UT Martin shot 53.4 percent from the floor and led by as many as 16 points before fending off a Vaquero late rally.

Located in Lebanon, Tenn., Cumberland (1-4) won its season opener but has since dropped four straight. All five Phoenix games have been decided by single-digits, including an overtime loss and two straight three-point setbacks heading into this game.

Diondrey Holt, Jr. leads Cumberland in scoring, as he tossed in a season-best 20 points against Huntington on Nov. 5. Joseph Wilbert also boasted an impressive double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds in the season-opening win over Oakwood for the Phoenix, who have outrebounded their opponents by more than six boards per game.

This game can be viewed live, free of charge, on the OVC Digital Network. That link - as well as links for The Quake 105.7 FM and WUTM 90.3 FM radio calls and live stats - is located at the top of the webpage.

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