ASU falls to MTSU 73-60

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    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (2/7/13) - The Arkansas State University men's basketball team, plagued by poor shooting and coupled with Middle Tennessee's solid interior play, dropped a 73-60 decision to the Blue Raiders this Thursday (Feb. 7) night in a Sun Belt Conference (SBC) showdown of divisional leaders at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

    "They (Middle Tennessee) were better than us tonight," said ASU head coach John Brady. "They're quick, more physical and we were unable to match that. The final12-minute stretch we played much better which speaks well to our character, but we still have guys who need to be more productive on the road."

    A-State hit 36.5% of its shots from the field as the Red Wolves connected on 19-of-52 while the host Blue Raiders compiled a 53.6% field-goal percentage by going 30-of-56. Middle Tennessee controlled the paint as the Blue Raiders registered 44 points to ASU's 20 points output.

    Middle Tennessee began with a 12-1 run and ASU could never recover from the deficit. The Red Wolves struggled from the floor at 30.4% shooting (7-23) and on the boards (34-21) in the first half, allowing MTSU to take a 34-21 lead at the half. The second stanza started out much the sameas the Blue Raiders went on a 16-2 spurt in the first five minutes and would go onto increase their lead as many as 31 points at 56-25 with 11:52 remaining. From there, ASU finally caught a break as the Red Wolves outscored MTSU 35-17 in the time left to close out the game on apositive note.

    Freshman guard Cameron Golden led Arkansas State with 15 points and senior guard Marcus Hooten tossed in 10 points. Freshman forward Kelvin Downs and sophomore guard Rakeem Dickerson tallied eight points apiece.

    The Red Wolves had their three-game winning streak snapped with the loss as ASU drops to 14-9 overall and 8-6 in the SBC's West Division.

    Neiko Hunter paced Middle Tennessee, which won its 10th game in a row, with 17 points with Marcos Knight notched a double-double byscoring 15 points and hauling in a game-high 11 rebounds. MTSU, which is now 21-4 overall and 13-1 in the SBC's East Division, has prevailed in its last 25 home games to date.

    ASU will seek to get back on the winning track this Saturday (Feb. 9) versus the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a Sun Belt Conference encounter at Bowling Green, Ky. Opening tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena in a game to be televised live on ESPN 3 and ESPN Full Court.

    (Source: Arkansas State University Athletics)

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