MTSU Men’s Basketball vs UTEP Recap
By: Jonathan Helwig
MTN Sports Reporter
Middle Tennessee keeps their undefeated home streak alive against UTEP this Monday with a final score of 77-59.
MTSU’s home crowd was more alive than it has been all season long. The energy inside the Murphy Center was electrifying and the players loved it. When interviewing Sophomore guard Camryn Weston, here is what he had to say about the crowd.
“It’s amazing, you know we love the crowd and when they are in it, we are all in it. It just makes a big difference when everyone in the crowd is showing love and everything.”
MTSU in the first half scored 43 points including a 17-3 run which helped them take a commanding 13-point lead going into halftime. UTEP struggled to get anything going at the end of the first half with missed shots and offensive fouls that threw the team off rhythm.
Starting the second half, MTSU started slow. UTEP went on a 7-2 run in the first four minutes to start the second half. Teafale Lenard shifted momentum with a block and dunk assisted by Camryn Weston that brought the team back to their quick tempo they had first half.
Fifth year senior Donavan Sims had one of his best games this season scoring 17 points shooting 70% from the field and a perfect 3-3 from three. Sims also iced the game late in the game with an iso play to take a 21-point lead within the last two minutes of the game.
Head coach of the Blue Raiders Nick McDevitt was asked about what the team’s best attribute was.
“They are together. They play hard, they are selfless. We talk about toughness, effort, and attitude all the time. If you do not have those three, you can’t win at this level.”
MTSU remains number one in the East for Conference USA and has two more home games left to play including one against second place Western Kentucky. MTSU defeated WKU 93-85 led by Josh Jefferson who scored 31 points in their last meeting.