The Middle Tennessee men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead over Grand Canyon Monday and never let up, eventually defeating the Antelope 79-56. The two teams battled in the consolation game of Chattanooga's Dr. Pepper Classic.
Middle Tennessee opened the game with a 12-0 run, setting the tone for the rest of the contest. By halftime, the Blue Raiders held a 42-24 lead.
Senior Shawn Jones led the Blue Raiders with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Neiko Hunter and freshman Reggie Upshaw both tallied 12 points in the victory while MTSU committed a season-low four turnovers.
The Blue Raiders return to action Jan. 7 on the road against Tennessee State.