Florida International vs Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee 71, FIU 66


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - JT Sulton scored 17 points as Middle Tennessee defeated Florida International 71-66 Thursday night in the teams' Sun Belt Conference opener.

The victory by the Blue Raiders (12-2) was their fourth in a row and gave coach Kermit Davis the most wins in the history of the program. He has a 165-128 record in his 10th season at Middle Tennessee, surpassing Jimmy Earle's 164 victories from the 1969-70 through 1978-79 seasons.

Sulton's dunk with 13:43 remaining in the first half put Middle Tennessee ahead 11-9, and it never relinquished the lead, although it never led by more than 10 points.

The Golden Panthers (3-10) got within a point, 40-39, with 4:09 gone in the second half, but the Blue Raiders scored the next six points on free throws to lead by seven.

Shawn Jones finished with 15 points for Middle Tennessee.

Phil Taylor led FIU with 22 points.

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Florida International Golden Panthers
D. Ferguson, F366-82-10112414
J. De La Rosa, C252-70-04054
B. Moore, C231-21-24053
P. Taylor, G398-142-533422
J. Allen, G375-145-641217
G. Dierickx203-30-01146
T. Akomolafe70-10-01010
D. Hill70-00-01100
C. Bell30-00-00020
M. Nunez20-00-00010
T. Wozniak10-00-00000
Totals 25-4910-233382866
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
J. Sulton, F205-87-1030517
L. Dendy, C314-103-5102111
R. Cintron, G393-103-421112
M. Knight, G363-85-866311
B. Massey, G290-22-42312
S. Jones254-97-1030415
Z. Gibson71-10-02103
J. Gallman60-10-10040
J. Oden50-10-00100
T. Walker20-00-00010
Totals 20-5027-4234142071
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Texas St.11-722-13179
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Coast. Car.10-819-17183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
Other games
HARV 67 Final
BC 46
ELON 62 Final
NC 100
Florida 83 Final
RUT 85
PSU 53 Final
Michigan 71
HOW 34 Final
Kansas 89
VANDY 74 Final
MU 57