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Blue Raiders trample Privateers 66-46 for fourth straight win

Three score in double figures

January 28, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee extended its win streak to four games after a 66-46 win over New Orleans on Thursday night.

Senior Montarrio Haddock and juniors Rod Emanuel and James Washington each scored in double figures with Haddock and Emanuel each scoring 14.

Middle Tennessee (12-10, 7-3) shot 49.1 percent in the game and 87.5 percent from the free throw line after going 7 for 8.

Senior Calvin O'Neil and freshman James Gallman added to the offense with eight points each while O'Neil blocked a shot to aid the defense.

The Blue Raiders also performed well on the defensive side of the ball pulling down 28 rebounds, blocking two shots and 11 steals. Emanuel and junior Trevor Ottley each had four steals while Haddock led the team with eight rebounds.

"We're defending very well as a team and our defense in the second half tonight was fantastic as we only gave up five field goals," said Head Coach Kermit Davis. We are starting to become a pretty good defensive team but we will really have to be good on Saturday night against a talented North Texas team."

Middle Tennessee shot 50 percent in the second half from the field and behind the arc while holding New Orleans (7-14, 2-5) to 31.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from the three-point line.

The two teams traded points to begin play but after big jumpers by Emanuel and Yates Middle Tennessee took a seven-point lead, 17-10 with 7:15 to play in the first half as UNO called a timeout. The Blue Raiders continued the pace taking a 32-24 lead at the half after shooting 48.3 percent from the field.

Haddock led all scorers with 12 points with a team high five rebounds while Emanuel added 11 points of his own.

Middle Tennessee came back strong from the half jumping out to a 21-point lead, 45-24, after a three-pointer by Washington. The Blue Raiders continued to perform well maintaining a 20-point lead after a three by Gallman.

Middle Tennessee will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. when it plays host to North Texas. Fans are encouraged to wear their sneakers to the game in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Game Notes: Senior Desmond Yates was honored pregame for becoming Middle Tennessee's all-time scoring leader after scoring 28 points last Saturday at Western Kentucky.

Robert "Cat-Eye" Taylor, who Yates passed for the record, was on hand for the pre-game ceremony to present Yates with a commemorative game ball.

"It's great night to have Robert Taylor back on our campus. He's just a great guy who people think so much of and loved watching him play. That was the highlight of the evening besides winning the game for me. I'm glad Boogie broke the record against Western Kentucky because he wouldn't have broken it tonight," Davis said.

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