MVP Sports Channel

Redhawks Crush UT Martin, 90-61

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. Antonius Cleveland scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures as Southeast Missouri (13-16, 8-6) dismantled Ohio Valley Conference West Division leader UT Martin (18-11, 8-6), 90-61, Saturday morning at the Show Me Center.

The early American Sports Network television start time didn’t affect SEMO which shot 53.3 percent from the field to ground the Skyhawks. The Redhawks handed UTM its largest loss in Ohio Valley Conference play and second-largest loss only to a 35-point defeat by Kentucky this season.

“It was a great team victory,” said head coach Rick Ray. “We executed our game plan and they didn’t know how to handle it. I was really pleased with how we shared the basketball and am very proud of our team effort.”

SEMO and UTM went back-and-forth to five ties in the first 7:41 of the game.

A steal and breakaway dunk by Cleveland knotted things up at 15-15 at the 12:19 mark, igniting a 29-12 run for the Redhawks.

SEMO, which began the morning just 2-of-6 from 3-point range, knocked down six of its next seven. The Redhawks also heated up to make eight-straight field goals and drained three of their threes in a stretch of 3:39 to build a 44-27 advantage at the 4:17 mark.

Jamaal Calvin and Daniel Simmons buried a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions at the end of SEMO’s hefty run.

Calvin later buried another trey to give SEMO its second 17-point lead (47-30) with 3:39 on the clock before the Redhawks led, 49-38, at the half.

Three of SEMO’s five starters reached double figures in the scoring column in the first half. Cleveland led all scorers with 16 points, while Denzel Mahoney and Calvin followed with 13 and 12 points, respectively. SEMO shot a scorching 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the field in the game’s opening 20 minutes.

Mobley, who had three fouls in the first half, scored just two points in the first 26:42 of the contest.

SEMO continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring UTM, 41-23, in the final period.

Jaylen Benton, who came off the bench to score 11 second-half points, made two free throws to give the Redhawks their biggest lead at 90-57 with 1:19 remaining.

SEMO established new season-highs in points and 3-pointers made. The Redhawks scored 80 or more points in a game for the 11th time this year. SEMO finished at 16-of-34 from beyond the arc with five players draining multiple threes. The Redhawks 3-point success came despite the fact their top 3-point shooter (Tahj Eaddy) went 0-of-6.

Cleveland shot 9-of-14 from the field and drained three 3-pointers en route to his team-high ninth 20-point effort. He also pulled down five rebounds and had three steals.

Mahoney wound up with 17 points and five rebounds, while Calvin ended up with 15. Simmons added 15 points, as well, on 5-of-6 three-pointers. For Simmons, it was his first double-digit game since Jan. 19.

SEMO shot 53.3 percent from the field, making 32-of-60 shots. In addition, the Redhawks dished out 24 assists, forced 18 turnovers, collected 12 steals and made a near-perfect 10-of-11 free throws.

Not to mention, the Redhawks put up 23 points off turnovers and scored 15 fastbreak points.

Javier Martinez led UTM with a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jacolby Mobley, who scored 25 points in the first meeting between SEMO and UTM this season, had only four against the Redhawks today.

The Redhawks entered the game third in the OVC West Division standings, but moved into a tie for second with UTM as both teams are behind Murray State with two regular-season games left.

SEMO hosts rival Murray State in a huge OVC West Division clash on Feb. 23.

Facebook Twitter Email