UAB Downs Middle Tennessee 79-66

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders guard Antonio Green (55) falls to the floor as UAB Blazers forward Kassim Nicholson (11) dives over him for a loose ball during the UAB Blazers at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders college basketball game in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Saturday, February, 15, 2020. Middle lost 79-66. Photo: Harrison McClary/All Tenn Sports

Middle Tennessee drew first blood with a three pointer to start the action against UAB Saturday afternoon in Murphy Center.

The Blue Raiders trailed 38-23 at half time after allowing UAB to outscore them 26-6.  The first half ended on a dunk from UAB’s Kassim Nicholson right as time ran out.

Middle outscored UAB in the second half, by two, which was far from enough to pull out a win.  UAB ended the game on top 79-66.

Both Donovan Sims and C.J. Jones scored 14 to lead the Raiders in scoring.  Anthony Crump added 10 and Jayce Johnson netted 8 to round out the Raiders top scorers.

Middle Tennessee has a week before the first of C-USA bonus games start.  Times and dates for those games will be announced Sunday.

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