MARTIN, Tenn. -- Marland Smith was one of three Southeast Missouri State players to score over 20 points in the Redhawks' 96-74 win over Ohio Valley Conference-foe Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night.
Nick Niemczyk added 21 points in 25 minutes of action and Lucas Nutt chipped in 20 on 5-of-7 shooting. Smith made 8 of 11 shots, including five 3-pointers, for the Redhawks (14-13, 6-7), who shot a season-best 56.4 percent (31 of 55) and made 12 treys.
Southeast Missouri State opened the game on a 16-6 run, then, after UT Martin cut the deficit to one, scored the next 17 points to pull away.
The Redhawks shot 51 percent (15 of 29) in the first half and improved to 61 percent (16 of 26) in the second half. UT Martin (7-18, 4-9) shot 37 percent (27 of 73) for the game.
Terrance Smith led the Skyhawks with 26 points.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.
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