Posted November 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders had fourth-ranked Tennessee right where they wanted them at halftime for a second straight season. This time, they went cold in the second half and let the Lady Vols slip away with a victory again. Ebony Rowe scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Middle Tennessee blew a 12-point halftime lead Friday night in losing the season opener to Tennessee 67-57. The Blue Raiders led for more than 35 minutes in Knoxville last season only to lose in overtime. ''I'm sad that we lost the ballgame, but on the other hand I feel like we have some young players that saw what we've got to do to become a better basketball team,'' coach Rick Insell said of his Blue Raiders. ''We needed a game like this.'' Olivia Jones had 10, and Shanice Cason added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Middle Tennessee. But the Blue Raiders struggled at the free throw line for the game (17 of 31) and hit only 6 of 29 from the floor in the secon...
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