Perry Wallace, a 1970 Vanderbilt graduate and the first African American basketball player in the SEC, is the subject of a new book.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (FOLLETT) -- Perry Wallace encountered racial hostility as the first African American basketball player in the Southeast Conference at Vanderbilt University from 1966-1970. While Wallace has been honored by Vanderbilt for being a trailblazer, Pearl High School was where he developed the courage and poise to persevere through discrimination.
Perry Wallace was honored at halftime of the Vanderbilt-Baylor basketball game for enduring racism on Vanderbilt’s campus and in cities throughout the SEC conference.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Darnell Harris scored 24 points as Middle Tennessee ran away from Florida Atlantic for an 82-58 Conference USA win Saturday night.
The Blue Raiders held an eight-point lead at the break, 42-24, but opened the second half on a 29-9 run and never looked back. Marcus Tarrance drilled a 3-pointer 16 seconds into the second half to spark the run.
Tarrance, Reggie Upshaw Jr. and Perrin Buford each added a dozen points for Middle Tennessee, which shot 45 percent from the field. The Blue Raiders outrebounded the Owls 39-19.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Brown scored 13 points and Hakeem Baxter 11 on Sunday and UAB pulled out a 54-49 win over Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
The Blazers (5-9) ended a three-game losing streak by making the clutch plays down the stretch, starting with Nick Norton's only basket, a 3-pointer with 2:52 left that broke a 43-43 tie. The Blazers hit 13-straight free throws until missing two with 31 seconds left, and finished 18-22 from the line.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY) -- It was a one-game playoff between Middle Tennessee and UTEP in the Sun Bowl to see who would get their seventh win and the final bowl bid from the five automatic bowl tie-ins allotted to C-USA schools.
after Saturday's 24-21 loss, Middle Tennessee HASonly six wins on the season, and could wind up not getting invited to a bowl game.
Running back Shane Tucker led the way with with two touchdowns and 101 yards on the ground for MT.
Be sure to stay tuned to 89.5 WMOT for the latest on Middle Tennessee's bowl picture.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BEASLEY) -- Down 13 points in the fourth quarter to FAU, Middle Tennessee scored 14-unanswered after a fourth and goal touchdown pass from Austin Grammar to Marcus Henry inside Floyd Stadium on Saturday.
That was the play of the game, but the player of the game was running back Reggie Whatley, accounting for 321 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
All together, MT racked up 470 yards, with 310 coming on the ground.
This win gives MT six wins with a chance to make it seven this Saturday at UTEP.