In men's college basketball, Middle Tennessee played Arkansas State on Jan. 3. It was the first time that they’ve played since Arkansas State eliminated Middle Tennessee from the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament. For Middle Tennessee, that loss kept them out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas State pulled off another upset in a 66-60 win. Middle Tennessee forced overtime after Tweety Knight made a three-pointer with one second left in the second half. That tied the game at 52. That momentum didn't carryover into the extended period.
Marcos Knight was the top performer for Middle Tennessee (11-4, 3-1). Marcos scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting. He also had nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. He was one rebound shy of a double-double.
Tweety Knight also had one of his best performances. Tweety scored a career-high 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting. He was 5-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Brandon Peterson was the top performer for Arkansas State (9-5, 3-2). Peterson had 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He also added nine rebounds with three assists and two steals. He was one of two Arkansas State players who scored in double digits.
It was a big night for the Sun Belt Conference West Division. Arkansas Little Rock upset Western Kentucky, 75-67. Before Jan.3, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky were considered as the best teams in the conference. Both of those teams are in the East Division. These upsets will help boost credibility in the West Division.
Conference play continues when South Alabama (7-6, 4-1) hosts Middle Tennessee on Jan. 5. Approximate tip-off time is 7:05 p.m.