MT faces off with Fisk Monday in Murphy Center
Raiders ready to rumble with BulldogsDecember 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's basketball team (6-2) is set to battle nearby Fisk (6-6) Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Murphy Center.
Date: Monday, Dec. 9
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CT
Teams: Fisk at Middle Tennessee
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
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Color Analyst: Kyle Turnham
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• Middle Tennessee looks to return to its winning ways Monday, hosting nearby Fisk at 7 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the two programs. Fisk is a member of the NAIA.
• MT hosted Belmont for a Blackout Dec. 3 as the Raiders' were handed their first home loss in 21-straight contests. The game was MT's fourth this season against a 2013 NCAA Tournament team. Shawn Jones led MT, recording his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Neiko Hunter posted his fourth-straight double-figure scoring contest with 16 points.
• The Blue Raiders improved to 6-1 on the year with a 65-55 come-from-behind victory over South Alabama Nov. 30. Hunter tallied a team-high 14 points, while Kerry Hammonds II also added 14 points. Tweety Knight had 12 points, while Jacquez Rozier had 10, marking the first time in Rozier's career he has turned in back-to-back double-digit scoring performances.
• After falling on the road at No. 16/14 Florida, MT returned to its winning ways, earning an 80-62 win on the road at Murray State Nov. 26, marking the team's largest margin of victory so far this season. Five Blue Raiders scored double-figures as Eric Wortham Jr., and Rozier posted career-best performances. Wortham and Hunter posted 17 points each, while Jones added 12 points and Knight had 11. Rozier recorded his first career double-double with career-bests of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
• The Blue Raiders were handed their first loss of the season Nov. 21, dropping a 79-59 decision at No. 16/14 Florida and snapping MT's nation-leading road winning streak at eight games. Hunter led the Raiders with 14 points and five rebounds, while Jaqawn Raymond had 13 points and Wortham, posted a career-high 11 points.
• Middle Tennessee collected a 76-59 win against UALR Nov. 18 as Jones recorded his second-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Hammonds recorded 20 points, Reggie Upshaw Jr., had 13 and Knight added 11.
• MT's contest against Akron Nov. 16 was the second for the team this season against a 2013 NCAA Tournament team. Jones recorded his first double-dip of the season against the Zips, tallying a career-high 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Hammonds and Raymond put up 17 points each, while Knight added 11.
• MT claimed a 77-70 win over North Florida Nov. 13 inside the Murphy Center as four Raiders scored in double-figures. Raymond and Marcus Tarrance led the way with 14 points each, while Jones had 12 points and Upshaw, notched the first double-double of the season for MT with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
• The Blue Raiders tipped-off regular season play, Nov. 10, picking up a 78-75 victory over 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Southern University. Hunter led MT with a career-best 20 points and six rebounds, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc. For his efforts, the senior was named Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Nov. 12.
• The Blue Raiders opened the 2013-14 campaign with a four-game homestand, welcoming Southern, North Florida, Akron and UALR to the Murphy Center. MT hit the road for the first time Nov. 21, traveling to the Sunshine State to take on No. 16/14 Florida. The first five games proved to be challenging for the Blue Raiders as they faced three NCAA Tournament teams in their first five games of the 2013-14 season in Southern, Akron and Florida.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Fisk is a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, which is a part of the NAIA. This will be the first meeting between both Fisk and Middle Tennessee.
The Bulldogs are 6-6 on the season. Fisk enjoyed a three-game winning streak earlier this season, picking up wins over Reinhardt, Martin Methodist and Concordia.
The Bulldogs have three players averaging double-figures as Cameron Lewis leads the way with 22.4 points per game. Darrell Miller is second on the team with 21.5 points a game, while Richmond Jackson is putting up 11.4 points an outing. Walter Arnold trails closely behind, averaging 8.5 points a game. Miller is the only Bulldog averaging a double-double, leading the team with 12.3 rebounds per game.
After winning two-straight games against Blue Mountain and Tennessee Temple, the Bulldogs dropped a 113-83 decision at North Alabama. Austin Watkins led Fisk, tallying 27 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. Lewis was second on the team in scoring, putting up 18 points, while snagging a game-high nine boards. Jackson closed out the double-digit performances for the Bulldogs, registering 16 points.
In the team's last win, Fisk picked up a 100-78 victory at home over Tennessee Temple. The Bulldogs had two players record triple-doubles as Lewis led the team with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Watkins put up 16 points, while grabbing 11 boards and dishing out a team-high 12 assists. Miller added a double-double for Fisk with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Rashard Williams and Jackson rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Bulldogs with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
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