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Blue Raider Win Streak Stopped at Five

February 7, 2002 · MT Media Relations
QUOTES FROM LEE NOSSE: "They came out tonight and shot the ball incredibly well and we dug ourselves a hole early and just could not recover. It wasn't as much what they did to us, but what we did to us. We had too many turnovers and missed opportunities. It just wasn't our night tonight and we have to forget about this quickly and start concentrating on Arkansas-Little Rock."

QUOTES FROM RANDY WIEL: "Arkansas State played a whale of a basketball game tonight, especially offensively. Everything they shot tonight seemed to go in and on the flip side we could not get anything to fall. When you are on the road the one thing that cannot leave you is your offense and it did tonight. We just caught them at a bad time, but now we have to regroup for Saturday."

STREAK COMES TO END: Middle Tennessee's five-game winning streak came to a crashing halt tonight at Arkansas State. The Blue Raiders fell to the Indians 83-51 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

STEAL MACHINE: For the second game in a row, junior Eric Parham equaled his career-high in steals. Parham notched four more against Arkansas State to give him a team best 36 on the season.

NOSSE SOLID: Senior Lee Nosse, who was the only Blue Raider to hit more than half his shots against the Indians, had the best game of the night for Middle Tennessee. The center scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while hitting 6 of 11 shots from the field.

WHERE'S MIKE? Tonight's game started with only two officials because the No. 3 guy failed to show. Head official Tom Rucker told the scorers table he had no idea where he was and they began searching for a replacement. With 11:00 remaining in the first half, Jay Morgan joined the crew of Rucker and Danny Hooker to fulfill the allotment of three officials.

THIS -N' THAT: The Blue Raiders are still winless against East division teams on the road - MT fell to 2-10 on the road this season - Reserve Garrick White hit his second career field goal on a breakaway layup following a steal late in the game - Tonight's 32-point loss was the second worst in Sun Belt history for Middle Tennessee (41 points vs WKU last year) - Lee Nosse has now scored in double figures in four straight games - The Blue Raiders extended their streak to 182 consecutive games with a three-pointer.

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