South Alabama vs Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee 85, South Alabama 50

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Bruce Massey scored 12 points and four others reached double figures as Middle Tennessee clobbered South Alabama 85-50 Thursday night for its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference regular season title.

The Blue Raiders (24-4, 16-1) also clinched the top seed in the Sun Belt tournament.

Middle Tennessee, which has won 13 straight, scored the first 13 points of the game, led 41-26 at halftime and coasted. This was easier than its 60-56 win at South Alabama (15-10, 12-5) on Jan. 2.

The Blue Raiders also got double-figure scoring from Marcos Knight (11 points), Neiko Hunter (11), Shawn Jones (10) and Kerry Hammond (10).

Augustine Rubit had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Jaguars. Mychal Ammons also scored 13.

Middle Tennessee shot 25 for 54 (46.3 percent) to South Alabama's 14 of 49 (28.6 percent), and had a 40-5 edge in bench scoring and 33-10 in points off turnovers.

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South Alabama Jaguars
J. Carter, F250-23-44023
A. Rubit, F233-77-8120213
A. Allen, G272-110-03025
M. Ammons, G204-104-730513
D. Conner, G200-21-30021
T. Anderson303-94-623311
B. Stevens III260-40-03030
W. Wright161-20-03222
V. Juricek91-10-02022
G. Magee40-10-02020
Totals 14-4919-283752550
 28.6%67.9% 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
S. Jones, F212-106-670210
J. Sulton, F141-10-03132
K. Hammonds, G242-34-432110
B. Massey, G224-84-723112
M. Knight, G134-41-241311
R. Cintron203-60-01219
J. Gallman202-32-21227
N. Hunter163-55-620411
J. Jones152-54-68048
T. Knight120-10-04230
T. Walker111-30-01042
Z. Gibson60-20-00100
G. Gibson31-10-00003
F. Perkins30-20-00100
Totals 25-5426-3338152885
 46.3%78.8% 
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Little Rock17-330-542
UL-Monroe15-520-1496
UT-Arlington13-724-11105
UL Lafayette12-819-15156
Ga. Southern10-1014-17243
Georgia St.9-1116-14180
Texas St.8-1215-16238
S. Alabama8-1214-19240
Arkansas St.7-1311-20284
App. St.7-139-22259
Troy4-169-22293

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UAB16-226-783
Middle Tenn.13-525-1078
La. Tech12-623-9122
Old Dominion12-622-13140
Marshall12-617-16128
UTEP10-819-14214
Charlotte9-914-19234
Western Ky.8-1018-16158
FIU7-1113-19270
North Texas7-1112-20295
Rice7-1112-20279
So. Miss5-138-21315
FAU5-138-25300
UT-San Antonio3-155-27347
 
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