Southeast men's basketball goes out in familiar fashion - losing its final game, 87-78

Southeast Missouri State men’s basketball has put a final period to what may charitably be called a difficult season in losing Saturday at UT Martin, 87-78.

SEMO (7-24, 3-15, Ohio Valley Conference), in its final regular season game, followed a familiar script at the Elam Center in Martin, Tennessee in dropping its fourth in a row – fading down the stretch.

UT-Martin (9-20, 5-13, OVC) outscored Rick Ray’s squad 13-5 in the final four minutes to seal the victory.

Southeast posted a 24-15 lead midway through the first half only to see the Skyhawks roar back to tie it at 36 by intermission.

The Redhawks were winless at 0-16 in away contests in 2019-20 as Ray completed five years leading the Southeast program.

UT Martin’s Dere Hawthorne, Jr. led all scorers with 30, followed closely by teammate Quintin Dove, who had 27.

Southeast’s Sage Tolbert had a double-double, putting up 14 points and nabbing 11 rebounds.

Skyler Hogan led SEMO with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Alex Caldwell, whom Ray calls the team’s best ballhandler, put up 13 in defeat.

Isaiah Gable also hit double figures for Southeast, with 11 points.

The Skyhawks outrebounded Southeast, 36-31 and outshot SEMO by a margin of 55 to 45 percent.

The contest saw 10 ties and 10 lead changes.

Southeast, which finished last in the 12-team OVC, has missed the league tournament now in four of the last five years.

Southeast 36 42 – 78

UT Martin 36 51 – 87

(SOUTHEAST) Skyler Hogan 19, Sage Tolbert 14, Alex Caldwell 13, Isaiah Gable 11, Nygal Russell 7, Quatarrius Wilson 7, Jordan Love 4, DQ Nicholas 2, Darrious Agnew 1. FG 29, FT 12-18, F 22. (3-pointers: Hogan 5, Caldwell, Russell, Gable. Fouled out: Wilson.)

(UT-MARTIN) Dere Hawthorne, Jr. 30, Quintin Dove 27, Eman Sertovic 9, Miles Thomas 8, Isaac Aguiar 5, Hannes Polla 4, Jordan Pierce 4. (3-pointers: Dove 2, Hawthorne, Jr., Sertovic, Thomas, Aguiar. Fouled out: none.)

Attendance: 1,204.

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