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Humphrey Scores 26, MT Falls to WKU 65-61

February 24, 2002 · MT Media Relations
HUMPHREY GETS CAREER MARK: Junior guard John Humphrey set a career scoring high with 26 points against Western Kenucky. Humphrey also equaled the single-game record for made 3-pointers with eight in the game. Humphrey's trey tally is the second-most ever netted in Diddle Arena. For the game, the Swansboro, NC, native was 9-of-16 from the floor and 8-of-12 from behind the arc.

BIG TURNAROUND: Middle Tennessee's improvement from a year ago was fully evident in Bowling Green. The team took a 41-point whipping from the Hilltoppers at Diddle Arena last season and fell by only four points on Saturday after leading for a good portion of the game. Middle Tennessee's turnaround, an eight game improvement over last season, is good enough to be tied for fourth in the country this year.

HITTING THE BOARDS: Middle Tennessee got a big effort on the boards on Saturday night. The teams were even on rebounding with 40 each, but the Blue Raiders held a 20-17 advantage in the rebounding column at the half. Senior Lee Nosse led the team in boards with 13, his second-highest total of the year.

DISPARITY: The biggest difference in the game on Saturday came at the free throw line. The Hilltoppers were 16-of-22 from the charity stripe while Middle Tennessee went 5-of-8. In the first half, WKU went 5-of-6 from the line while the Blue Raiders never took a free throw.

THIS AND THAT: The Blue Raider loss at Western Kentucky gives MT the #3 seed in the East heading into next week's conference tournament. The Blue Raiders will play South Alabama in the first round on Friday at 4:30 PM - Dee Wilkes was held out of action tonight as a precaution after injuring his ankle in practice this week - the Blue Raiders conclude the season with a 2-12 record away from the Murphy Center - The Blue Raiders have not beaten WKU since upsetting the Hilltoppers in the 1982 OVC Tournament.

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