MT Comes Back to Beat USA 48-47

March 1, 2002 · MT Media Relations
TWO FIRSTS IN ONE GAME: The Blue Raiders had two firsts in the same game with the win over South Alabama in the Sun Belt Tournament. The win was the first for the team over the Jags since joining the league last season. The victory also marked the first in the conference tournament for the Blue Raiders. The team fell in overtime to New Orleans in the first round a year ago.

AGGIES NEXT: The Blue Raiders will face New Mexico State on Sunday at 9 PM in the second round of the tournament. The Blue Raiders will have an off day on Saturday before hitting the floor for the last game of the day on Sunday.

NOSSE AND GUNN HONORED: All-Sun Belt selection Lee Nosse and Honorable Mention pick Tommy Gunn were honored at halftime of the game immediately preceding the Blue Raiders' contest.

GOLFERS IN ATTENDANCE: The Blue Raider golf team is competing in a nearby tournament and head coach Johnny Moore brought his team over to watch the Blue Raiders in action on Friday afternoon. Also in attendance was the Lady Raider basketball team. Stephany Smith's troops are also not set to play again until Sunday.

GUNN GETS GOING IN SECOND FRAME: Tommy Gunn and Lee Nosse netted 12 points each to lead the Blue Raiders in scoring. However, Gunn had to get all of his points in the final 20 minutes of the game. All 12 of his points came in the second half. During that frame, Gunn was 5-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-2 from behind the 3-point arc.

THIS AND THAT: Bryant Mitchell's six boards led the Blue Raiders. It marks the third time that the Lawrenceburg native has paced the team this season - Dee Wilkes made his first appearance in two games after not playing against Western Kentucky in the final game of the regular season - the Blue Raiders have now made at least one trey in 186 games - the Blue Raiders are 48-21 under Randy Wiel when holding the opposition under 70 points.

Head Coach Randy Wiel: I told the team that South Alabama was a very tough draw for us. We said that we couldn't afford to turn the ball over and we did a good job of protecting it tonight. We got good looks in the opening minutes, but we couldn't get the ball to fall. South Alabama is a good defensive team and they do a good job of trying to take you out of what you want to do.

Center Lee Nosse on his 3-point play to seal the game: It was just a great pass from my point guard. I just caught it and was able to put it in. I bobbled it a little, but that may have helped me draw the foul.

Guard Tommy Gunn: We had to step it offensively and get some stops defensively. We were able to do that in the last moments of the game.

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