When you’re winless nearly a full month into the season, is it still possible to have a bad loss? Because I feel TSU’s home loss to Alabama A&M would qualify.[divider]Tonight’s Scores[/divider]
Alabama A&M 66, Tennessee State 65
Patrick Miller’s potential game winner bounced off the rim with 5.5 seconds remaining, as the Bulldogs held off a late rally by the Tigers. Tennessee State controlled the glass, got to the free-throw line, but struggled from the field, shooting just 37.5% in the loss. Patrick Miller led the Tigers in the scoring column yet again, tallying 17 points. M.J. Rhett was the only other Tiger in double-figures.
Belmont 70, Middle Tennessee 58
Missing two point guards? No problem for the Bruins. J.J. Mann scores 32 points in 39 minutes, and the Bruins turned the ball over just 10 times as they got an impressive road win at Middle Tennessee State. The win snapped the Blue Raiders streak off 33-straight regular season home wins, the longest streak in the nation. Neither team shot especially well from the field, but MTSU struggled mightily from behind the arc, hitting just 2-18.
Player of the Night: JJ Mann, Belmont. No question here. A career-high for the senior, as the Bruins led throughout the night against a very good team.
Unsung Hero: Holden Mobley, Belmont. Due to injuries and foul trouble, Mobley played a season-high 22 minutes. He didn’t rack up much in the stat column, but he was solid defensively in the win.
Team Trending Upwards: Belmont. Is this team better than last year? No, that’s a serious question. I think they could be.
Team Trending Downward: Tennessee State. How is an 0-8 team trending any further down? Up until tonight, they’ve played the toughest schedule in the OVC. Alabama A&M…is not that tough. At home, this should have been a win.