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Blue Raiders Take on Mocs

December 28, 2003 · MT Media Relations
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders return to action Monday night at the Dr Pepper Classic at McKenzie Arena, taking on the host Chattanooga Mocs in the second game of the day at approximately 8 p.m. ET.

The Blue Raiders come off a 70-56 victory over former OVC-rival Austin Peay December 23 at Murphy Center. Michael Cuffee and Tommy Gunn each scored 14 points in the victory, while freshman Alex Weekes came off the bench to add 13 points and eight rebounds, his best game of the young season.

Chattanooga leads the all-time series, 29-25, over the Blue Raiders heading into Monday's tilt. The Blue Raiders won the last meeting between the two teams, an 87-68 decision in 1997 in Chattanooga. Middle Tennessee has won the last four meetings in the series, twice on the road. The two squads have met just twice since the late 1980's, a home-and-home series during the 1997 and '98 seasons.

Junior transfer Mike Dean has come as advertised for the Blue Raiders and second-year head coach Kermit Davis, stepping in to lead the squad in scoring at 16.8 points per outing in his first four games. Dean has tossed in more than 20 points in two of the four contests, including leading the club in scoring in three of his first four outings. He is also averaging 4.3 rebounds and almost three assists in the four games. The Rome, Ga., native has knocked down 11 three-pointers, ranking second on the squad behind Tommy Gunn, and he leads the team in three-point percentage.

LaSalle and South Carolina State meet in the first game of the day Monday at 6 p.m. ET, with the Blue Raiders and Mocs beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of that contest. Losers play at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, with the tourney championship at approximately 8 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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