SURGING SKYHAWKS BEGIN BUSY ROAD SWING WITH FIRST-EVER MATCHUP AGAINST CANISIUS
November 20, 2016
MARTIN, Tenn. - Fresh off its third consecutive victory, the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team opens a three-game road stretch when it takes on the Canisius Golden Griffins on Monday, Nov. 21. Tip-off time from the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 6 p.m. CST.
For the first time since the season opener, the Skyhawks (3-1) take their high-scoring show on the road. UT Martin, who leads the Ohio Valley Conference with 87.8 points per game, are tied for the fourth-most road victories (20) in Division-I basketball since the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
This game is the second of four contests for the Skyhawks in the Bluegrass Showcase, an exempt multi-team event that does not feature a bracket. UT Martin opened its participation in the event with an 85-74 home win over Cleveland State on Friday but will play its final three games of the event on the road this week, traveling to Duquesne and current No. 2 Kentucky after taking on Canisius.
In the aforementioned victory against Cleveland State, the Skyhawks led by as many as 30 points in the first half before fending off a late Viking rally. After its lead was cut to four points with a little over two minutes left to play, Javier Martinez capped off a tremendous game with four of the Skyhawks’ next five points to help seal the win. Martinez accumulated his first career double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds while Kedar Edwards (17), Jacolby Mobley (16) and Fatodd Lewis (10) also scored in double-figures for UT Martin.
Canisius (1-2) is coming off its first win of the season, a thrilling 78-77 road victory at Duquesne on Friday. Phil Valenti scored 14 points, including a go-ahead midrange floater with 1.6 seconds to go that proved to be the game-winning bucket. Jermaine Crumpton went 4-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc on his way to team-highs of 18 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Griffins, who also received 13 points out of Kassius Robertson.
The game can be viewed on ESPN3 at the link found at the top of the webpage. A live radio broadcast of the game can be heard locally on Star 95.1 FM or online by clicking the link above. Live stats for the game can also be found via a link at the top of the webpage.