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.
SMU has signed a second player from Australia, 6-foot-11 forward Harry Froling, to a national letter of intent. The Mustangs previously signed guard Tom Wilson from Australia.
There's nothing to suggest the Jayhawks won't end up atop the Big 12 for a 13th season in a row. But what about a return to the Final Four?
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
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