Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Neiko Hunter scored 19 points for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in their 74-66 victory over the Tennessee State Tigers in a non-conference matchup at the Gentry Center.
Hunter was one of four Blue Raiders (10-5) to score in double-figures, as the team has now won back-to-back games following a two-game skid. Kerry Hammonds scored 16 points and Reggie Upshaw added 10. Shawn Jones had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out of the game.
The Tigers (2-15) were looking for their first win streak of the season after losing their previous four. They were led by Patrick Miller, who scored 22 points on 6-of-18 shooting to go along with five of the team's 16 turnovers. Fellow starters Kennedy Eubank contributed with 10 points and five blocks and M.J. Rhett had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds
The Blue Raiders went into the locker room up 39-28 at the half as they held the Tigers to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field while shooting 44.4 percent themselves.
The Tigers trailed the entire second half, but stayed within striking distance. Jamonte Graham cut the lead to 64-60 on a 3-point shot with just over two minutes remaining, but the Red Raiders made 10-of-12 free-throws to close the game out.
The Blue Raiders had just three turnovers for the game while collecting nine steals.