Florida International vs Middle Tennessee

FIU 61, Middle Tennessee 57

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Deric Hill had 16 points and Malik Smith scored 14, including two late free throws, as Florida International upset top-seeded Middle Tennessee 61-57 in the Sun Belt Conference tournament semifinals Sunday night.

FIU led 33-24 at halftime and maintained the lead, though it was down to two points twice in the final seconds. Hill's layup with 12 seconds left and Smith's free throws with 7 seconds to go clinched it for the fourth-seeded Golden Panthers (18-13), who will play Western Kentucky in Monday's championship game.

Middle Tennessee (28-5) saw the nation's longest winning streak end at 17 games. The Blue Raiders, Sun Belt regular-season champions with a 19-1 record, will wait for a possible NCAA tournament at-large bid. They last qualified in 1989.

Cameron Bell scored 15 for FIU. Shawn Jones scored 17 to lead the Blue Raiders and Marcos Knight had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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Scoreboard
Florida International (18-13) «332861
Middle Tennessee (28-5)243357

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Florida International Golden Panthers
J. Frink, F393-120-09046
T. Murphy, F262-82-37227
I. Jurkovic, C111-20-01032
D. Hill, G383-710-1146216
M. Smith, G354-103-450214
C. Bell315-112-241315
T. Akomolafe170-31-21051
M. Porcher Jimenez30-10-01000
Totals 18-5418-223992161
 33.3%81.8% 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
S. Jones, F287-133-481417
J. Sulton, F140-10-02010
M. Knight, G355-143-5112213
B. Massey, G342-64-75748
K. Hammonds, G193-70-01039
N. Hunter233-102-55038
R. Cintron140-10-02030
J. Gallman110-20-00010
T. Knight111-20-03102
T. Walker90-00-01000
J. Jones20-00-00000
Totals 21-5612-2143112157
 37.5%57.1% 
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
 
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