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Murfreesboro students enjoy game during MTSU field trip

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Thousands of Murfreesboro students spent Tuesday at Middle Tennessee State University for a day of academics and a basketball game at the Murphy Center.

More than 7,500 Murfreesboro City Schools students were in attendance to see the MTSU women's basketball team defeat Austin Peay 70-56.

A total of 10,107 spectators marked the second-largest crowd in program history.

It turned out to be the largest field trip in the state, but it wasn't just all fun and games.

"We had math involved. We had social studies involved. We had children writing letters. We had them writing news stories. We had all the subject areas covered today," said Dr. Linda Gilbert, director of Murfreesboro City Schools.

Students took what they've learned in the classroom and applied it the game.

"Like we did in Mrs. Thomas' class - what's a free throw, what's a jump shot, and a three-pointer? It equals six (points)," said Matthew Schneider, a student at Erma Siegel Elementary School.

The event was called MTSU Education Day.

"We tried to do some fun things with some science experiments, and running sports science segments on the video board, just to turn these kids on. Some of these kids have never been on a college campus before, so you want to make sure they keep dreaming the dream," said MTSU Athletics Director Chris Massaro.

However, not all city school students were in attendance. Some remained at their prospective schools, but they had to follow a lesson plan, while some other parents kept their children at home.

Doug Carter decided to keep his daughters, ages 7 and 11, home rather than allow to attend the game.

"I'm not just some guy against sports, and just a sourpuss," Carter said. "To take an entire day out from that stringent schedule to view a ball game doesn't make sense to me."

It was a field trip of a lifetime for these students, many of whom have never attended a ball game or stepped foot on a college campus.

There was a delay in some students making it back to school on time for dismissal, leaving some parents to have to wait on their return. It came after a teacher was taken to the hospital after injuring himself during a dizzy-bat game at halftime.

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