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Blue Raiders Fall to UALR, 71-52

February 9, 2002 · MT Media Relations
QUOTES FROM TOMMY GUNN: "We could not get any shots to fall in the second half. We were only down five and had the ball, but just could not get any momentum. We played hard but could not make any big plays. We have definitely learned a lesson on this road trip.

"We didn't get back defensively or come through offensively. They just have some great players and we did not get after them like we are capable."

QUOTES FROM RANDY WIEL: "In the second half we could not muster any offensive consistency and on the other end they came out knocking down everything. A lot of those shots were contested, but that is where our offensive inconsistencies hurt us. We have to get better offensively for the stretch run. It was not a great night for us, but we have to put this behind us and get ready for Denver."

PIPPEN GETS START: Junior William Pippen, who is from Hamburg, AR and played at Conners JC in Arkansas, was inserted into the starting lineup tonight against UALR. Pippen had 41 family members and friends in attendance tonight, including his high school and junior college coach.

GUNN RESPONDS: After being held scoreless against Arkansas State on Thursday night, sophomore Tommy Gunn responded in a big way in the loss to Arkansas-Little Rock. Gunn finished with a team-high 18 points and six rebounds to pace the Blue Raiders. Gunn was also a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

STRONG FROM THE LINE: A bright spot for the Blue Raiders Saturday night was their free throw shooting. The Blue Raiders connected on 13 of 15 (86.7) charity tosses for their second best percentage of the year behind the 87.1 shooting night against New Mexico State (27-31). Middle Tennessee was an impressive 9-for-9 in the second half.

HUMPHREY BIG OFF THE BENCH: Junior John Humphrey added some spark off the bench tonight with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Humphrey's 15 points was his third highest output of the year and his most since registering 17 against UALR earlier this season.

THIS -N' THAT: Lee Nosse, the Blue Raiders leading scorer, was held to only two points tonight against UALR to match his season-low total of the same amount in the first game between the two schools - Middle Tennessee averaged only 51.5 points in the state of Arkansas road swing and shot just 35.7 percent from the field - The Blue Raiders are still winless against East division teams on the road - MT fell to 2-11 on the road this season -The Blue Raiders extended their streak to 183 consecutive games with a three-pointer.

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