Raiders welcome Roadrunners Saturday
MT continues C-USA play with UTSAJanuary 17, 2014 ·
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's basketball team (11-6, 1-1 C-USA) continues Conference USA play Saturday, hosting UTSA (6-10, 2-1 C-USA) for a 5 p.m. contest.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 18
Tip-Off: 5 p.m. CT
Teams: Middle Tennessee vs. UTSA
Location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Arena: Murphy Center (11,520)
Television: Web stream
Radio: WGNS (100.5 FM, 101.9 FM, 1450 AM) / WMOT (89.5 FM) / The Game (102.5 FM, 97.5 FM)
Play-by-Play: Chip Walters
Color Analyst: Kyle Turnham
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This will be the first meeting between Middle Tennessee and UTSA.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
UTSA is 6-10 on the season and tied for seventh in the C-USA standings with a 2-1 record in conference play. The Roadrunners are 1-5 on the road this season, while MT is 8-2 at home.
UTSA opened league play with a 90-81 win over Marshall Jan. 9 and an 85-77 victory over Charlotte Jan. 11. UAB handed the Roadrunners their first C-USA loss of the season Jan. 16, with a 78-65 decision in Birmingham, Ala.
Three Roadrunners recorded double-figures against the Blazers Thursday as Jordan Sims led the way with 14 points. James Williams put up 13 points, while Keon Lewis added 12. Phillip Jones paced the team on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds. UTSA beat UAB on the boards 47-42. The Blazers lead C-USA in rebounds per game with 47.3.
On the season, Lewis leads UTSA, averaging 15.2 points a game, while Devon Agusi is second on the team with 11.8. Hyjii Thomas and Sims round out the double-figure averages, tallying 11.4 and 11.1 points per contest, respectively. Jones leads the team in rebounding, snagging 6.3 boards per game to go along with 6.8 points an outing. Edrico McGregor is second on the team, grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game, while putting up 5.7 points a contest.
BLUE RAIDER BULLETS
• UTEP snapped a three-game winning streak for Middle Tennessee with a 63-54 decision Jan. 16. The loss ended the Raiders' 17-game conference win-streak, dating back to a 66-60 overtime loss at Arkansas State Jan. 3, 2013. MT was also enjoying a 25-game home conference win-streak. MT's last home conference loss came Jan. 13, 2011 against Florida Atlantic via a 71-61 decision.
• Neiko Hunter led the Raiders against UTEP with 13 points, extending his double-figure scoring streak to five-straight games. Tweety Knight swiped a career-high six steals against the Miners, marking the first time a Blue Raider has grabbed five or more steals since Knight snagged five at Akron Dec. 2, 2012.
• With an 89-84 overtime victory against UAB Jan. 11, the Blue Raiders became the fifth MT program to win its opening Conference USA game/match, joining the women's basketball, soccer, volleyball and football teams.
• Shawn Jones led MT with 22 points against UAB, marking his third 20-point contest this season. Three other Blue Raiders tallied double-figures, marking the 12th time this season four or more players have scored double-digits. Against the Blazers, Kerry Hammonds II had 17 points, while Reggie Upshaw, Jr. and Neiko Hunter posted 15 and 12 points, respectively.
• The game at Tennessee State Jan. 7 tipped off a stretch of nine TV games over the next 14 contests for the Blue Raiders.
• MT opened the New Year with a 74-66 win at TSU, moving to 3-1 against instate foes this season with its lone loss coming against Belmont Dec. 3. The Blue Raiders are an even 6-6 in opening games in the month of January under head coach Kermit Davis.
• Jones collected his sixth double-double of the season at TSU, ranking fourth in C-USA and 29th in the NCAA statistical rankings. The senior also ranks 18th in country and second in C-USA in field goal percentage, shooting 60.0-percent.
• The Raiders are 10-2 this season when playing in the state of Tennessee with an 8-1 record at home and a 1-1 mark in neutral site games.
• MT snapped a two game skid with a 79-56 win over Grand Canyon in the consolation game of Chattanooga's Dr Pepper Classic Dec. 30.
• Against Maine Dec. 29, Jones recorded a double-double of 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. The 20 boards marked a first for a Blue Raider since Napoleon Rhodes snagged 20 at UNC Greensboro Nov. 30, 2002. Jones was named TSWA Player of the Week for his efforts Jan. 1.
• Hunter tied his career-best 20 points against the Black Bears, which he set in the season-opener against Southern Nov. 10. Jaqawn Raymond also tallied a career-high, putting up 18 points.
• MT dropped 69-48 loss at Cincinnati Dec. 21 as senior Kerry Hammonds II led the Raiders with 17 points, going 5-for-8 from three-point range and marking the first time a Blue Raider as made five threes since Raymond Cintron netted six against Troy Feb. 9, 2013. Senior point guard Tweety Knight paced the Raiders on the boards at Cincinnati, pulling down a career-high 10 boards.
• MT reached the 100-point plateau for the second time this season, earning a 102-52 victory over Tennessee Temple Dec. 17 and moving to 2-1 against in-state foes this season as six Blue Raiders scored double-figures. The 50-point win matched the largest margin of victory for MT this season, which was set against Fisk Dec. 9. Freshman Reggie Upshaw, Jr., led the Blue Raiders against Tennessee Temple with a career-high 18 points, while Tharone Chilton also notched a career-best with 11 points.
• MT took on its fifth 2013 NCAA Tournament team of the season Dec. 14, dropping a 72-63 decision on the road at reigning SEC Tournament Champion Ole Miss. Jones recorded a double-double of 18 points and 15 boards. His 15 rebounds against the Rebels marked the first time an MT player collected 15 boards in a game since Lee Nosse grabbed 15 in a 94-88 loss to New Mexico Jan. 10, 2002. Jones went on to earn Player of the Week honors from C-USA and the TSWA Dec. 16 and 17, respectively.
• Knight handed out a career-best 10 assists at Ole Miss Dec. 14, marking the first time a Blue Raider has recorded 10 assists since James Washington dished out 11 against Cumberland Nov. 27, 2009.
• The Blue Raiders picked up a 115-65 victory over Fisk Dec. 9. The contest was also the first time this season seven Blue Raiders have scored double-figures. MT took a 56-34 lead into the locker room at the half. The last time the Blue Raiders scored 50 points in the first half was Jan. 8, 2011 against UL-Lafayette. The high-scoring affair was also the first time MT scored 100 points in a game since defeating Houston Baptist 109-79 Feb. 13, 2010 and marked the largest scoring output for MT under head coach Kermit Davis. This was the second time MT has scored 100 points during Davis' tenure.
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