Western Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee 72, W. Kentucky 64

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - LaRon Dendy scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Middle Tennessee over Western Kentucky 72-64.

The Blue Raiders (22-4, 11-1 Sun Belt Conference) outrebounded Western Kentucky 51-44, helping them score 15 second-chance points and 38 points in the paint.

Middle Tennessee trailed 31-30 with 18:39 left and scored eight straight. Dendy's jumper made it 39-31 with 15:13 to play.

Western Kentucky, which wouldn't get closer than four points the rest of the way, turned it over twice during the spurt.

Marcos Knight added 12 points, Raymond Cintron 11 and Kerry Hammonds 10 for the Blue Raiders, who won their fifth straight in the series.

The Hilltoppers (8-16, 4-7) were led by T.J. Price with 14 points and George Fant with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Western Kentucky shot just 33.8 percent from the field (22 of 65), and made 28.6 percent form 3-point range (6 of 21).

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Scoreboard
Western Kentucky (8-16)263864
Middle Tennessee (22-4) «284472

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
V. Zollo, F162-60-03145
T. Akol, F132-60-03044
T. Price, G364-113-373414
D. Gordon, G352-114-47629
J. Crook, G293-122-22048
G. Fant325-102-2111412
K. McDonald222-53-31038
N. Snipes131-20-04052
O. Akamune41-20-02002
Totals 22-6514-1444113064
 33.8%100% 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
J. Sulton, F212-50-06144
L. Dendy, C2910-226-12144226
B. Massey, G311-61-24813
K. Hammonds, G294-81-452010
M. Knight, G286-130-282412
R. Cintron172-45-610211
J. Jones170-61-55011
T. Walker110-02-30012
J. Gallman101-11-20133
J. Oden70-20-12000
Totals 26-6717-3751181872
 38.8%45.9% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT-Arlington14-427-945
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297
 
Other games
Wisc 68 Final
Minn 61
Ole Miss 60 Final
Miss St 70
TNST 72 Final
MRST 68
Illinois 71 Final
Indiana 84
STMA 59 Final
GONZ 73