CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –
Southeast Missouri men's basketball (14-17, 8-10 OVC) concluded its season Saturday afternoon with a 72-66 loss to UT Martin (10-21, 6-12 OVC) on Senior Day at the Show Me Center.
Southeast finishes 2018 with a 14-17 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Prior to the contest, seniors Daniel Simmons
and Milos Vranes
were recognized for their careers as part of Senior Day. Simmons finished with 11 points and Vranes chipped in three.
Trailing the Skyhawks 37-31 at the break, UT Martin grew their lead to 13 points, 47-34, on a Parrish Hewitt layup at 16:24 in the second half.
The Redhawks answered back with a 10-0 run capped off by an Isaiah Gable
lay-in to tie the contest at 50-50 with 5:04 left to play. Ledarrius Brewer
slammed home a dunk and hit a jumper and Gable added two more baskets in the rally.
Gable came off the bench in the second half and contributed six points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes of play.
Darius Thompson hit a three pointer with 3:06 remaining in regulation to extend UTM's lead to five points, 57-52. Two free throws by Denzel Mahoney
cut the deficit to three, 59-56, with 1:52 left in the game.
The Skyhawks missed just one free throw in the contest, making 15 of 16 (93.8 percent) from the charity stripe. UT Martin made 10 free throws in the final minute of play.
Down the stretch, Brewer banked in a three to make the score, 66-59, with 36 second left. Mahoney added another three with 12 seconds to go, 68-63, and Daniel Simmons
recorded a three with seven seconds remaining to bring the score to 70-66.
The Redhawks shot just 37.9 percent on field goals and were 35.3 percent from three-point range while the Skyhawks were a little more efficient on field goals (43.9 percent).
UT Martin led Southeast, 37-31, at the half.
SEMO jumped out to an early 13-4 lead after Simmons hit a three at 16:08. Simmons hit both of his three-pointers and tallied eight points in the opening half.
The Redhawks had a 41.2 percent success rating from behind the arc in the first half while the Skyhawks completed just 27.3 percent from three. Southeast hit 41.7 percent of its field goals and UTM knocked down over 50 percent (51.5).
UT Martin came within one, 19-18, with Hewitt's jumper at 9:08. The Skyhawks then pulled ahead on a three-point basket from Delfincko Bogan at 7:54.
Matthew Butler added a three pointer and a jumper to give UTM a five point lead, 26-21, at 7:09.
The Skyhawks outrebounded SEMO in the first half, 17-15, and committed four less turnovers.
UT Martin had their largest lead of the half with 1:31 remaining in the period after a jumper from Darius Thompson gave the Skyhawks a 37-29 edge.
Brewer posted a team-high 16 points and Mahoney totaled 11 point with four rebounds. Butler led the Skyhawks with 25 points and was 8 of 16 on his field goals attempts.