LARAMIE, Wyo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball team battled against Wyoming this evening but fell 78-60 to the Cowboys at the Arena-Auditorium in the 2013-14 season opener.
Sophomore Dee Oldham paced UT Martin with a career-best 15 points in 27 minutes off the bench tonight. The Lebanon, Tenn. native buried five of his nine shot attempts – including a career-high three trifectas – to go along with three rebounds for the Skyhawks.
Newcomer Marshun Newell scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half while adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals this evening. Terence Smith accounted for 10 points for UT Martin, who committed only seven turnovers tonight.
Riley Grabau led Wyoming with 17 points while Larry Nance, Jr. compiled 10 points and 12 rebounds. Charles Hankerson, Jr. and Trey Washington III each had 14 points off the bench for the Cowboys, who were nationally ranked last season for the first time since 1991.
The Skyhawks took their first lead on a layup by Newell at the 18:53 mark. Wyoming would go ahead 17-6 but Oldham would soon provide a big lift off the bench. The 6-4 shooting guard accounted for 11 straight points – canning back-to-back three-pointers to ignite a 14-2 run that provided a 20-19 UT Martin advantage with 11:04 to go in the first half.
Wyoming would lead by five points (30-25) until Smith scored five points in a 7-0 Skyhawk run to take a 32-30 lead with 4:27 to play before the halftime break.
However, the Cowboys would close out the first half on a 15-1 run to take a 45-33 lead into the half.
Oldham’s 12 points in 12 minutes paced the Skyhawks in the first half, as UT Martin shot 46.4 percent (13-for-28) in the first 20 minutes – including a 5-for-10 effort from beyond the three-point arc. Grabau’s 14 points led Wyoming in the first half.
Newell was responsible for the Skyhawks’ first six points of the second half. An Oldham trey at the 13:42 mark sliced UT Martin’s lead to 53-42 while a layup by Justin Childs kept the margin at 11 with just under 11 minutes remaining.
Newell went on another run later in the second half, scoring five consecutive points for the Skyhawks to keep UT Martin in the game.
The Cowboys would lead by 18 points with a little over four minutes to go and UT Martin would not get within 15 points the rest of the way.
UT Martin returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 10 when it travels to Colorado for a game that will be televised live on the Pac 12 Network. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST.