Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - J.T. Sulton registered a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders posted a 58-51 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions in non-conference action at Gersten Pavilion. Also scoring in double figures for the Blue Raiders (2-0) was Marcos Knight with 15 points, adding seven rebounds of his own in the triumph.
The Lions (1-1) were paced by Ashley Hamilton who tallied 15 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Jarred DuBois tacked on 12 points in the loss. Both teams had a hard time finding the range from the floor in the first half, but even though Middle Tennessee connected on just 23.5 percent of its attempts, the visitors still held a 22-20 lead at the break.
In the second half the Blue Raiders jumped to 58.8 percent accuracy and also made 14-of-19 at the free-throw line in order to claim the seven-point win. In a game that saw six ties and seven lead changes, the Lions hurt themselves with just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and 4-of-18 beyond the arc.