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Middle Tennessee earns 3rd straight win over Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nick King enjoyed another big game and it led to another big win for Middle Tennessee.

King, one of the nation's top scorers, poured in 23 points to lead Middle Tennessee to its third straight win over Vanderbilt with a 66-63 victory on Wednesday night.

''He's just a guy that can score at all three levels,'' Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis said. ''He can drive the ball, he's shooting 50 percent from 3 and he's got a really good post-up game.''

King, a transfer from Alabama, was a top 50 prospect coming out of Memphis East High School. The 6-foot-7 senior forward also played at Memphis for two seasons.

Brandon Walters and Giddy Potts both added 16 points for MTSU (6-1), whose only loss was to Belmont.

''It's great playing with Nick King because he's pick-and-pop big,'' Walters said. ''So he's versatile. His game can go inside-out, so if he goes inside I can pop out and get him the inside paint where he can go one on one because he's a very good offensive scorer.''

King went 9 of 11 from the foul line and grabbed six rebounds.

''He's talented, especially offensively and he's aggressive and he attacks,'' Vanderbilt forward Jeff Roberson said. ''So it's about being able to play without fouling and it's hard sometimes. So once he got rolling he got lots of points at the free-throw line and that didn't help either.''

MTSU improved to 6-0 against the SEC and Big 10 since 2015.

''That's a great stat for the brand at Middle Tennessee and we're trying to build it,'' Davis said.

Matthew Fisher-Davis came off the bench to score 17 points, including five 3-pointers, for Vanderbilt (3-6).

Roberson added 13 points for the Commodores, who have lost five of their last six games.

''That's the third one we've gotten the short stick here at the end,'' Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said. ''Unfortunately, we didn't shoot the ball well. We missed some key shots and you've got to credit Middle.''

Vanderbilt's Riley LaChance missed a 3-point attempt with two seconds left that could have tied the game. LaChance was 0-for-6 from distance.

Vanderbilt also lost tight home games to 25th-ranked Southern Cal 93-89 in overtime on Nov. 19 and to Kansas State 84-79 on Sunday.

The Commodores shot only 29 percent from the floor in the second half as a 32-28 halftime lead dissolved.

THE TAKEAWAY

Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders, who had a stunning win over Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament two seasons ago, continue to show they belong with Power Five Conference opponents.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores lost another close game as they couldn't make the big plays in the closing minutes.

MTSU SHORTHANDED

MTSU point guard Tyrik Dixon was limited to six minutes due to a bone bruise and Antwain Johnson is out of the lineup with a sprained ankle. ''He worked out today,'' Davis said of Johnson. ''I think he'll probably be about 80, 85 percent.''

STRUGGLING COMMODORES

Vanderbilt has the worst record in the Southeastern Conference, but three of its losses were to ranked teams. The Commodores entered the game last in the SEC in scoring (69.4) and field goal percentage (40.6).

''I think Vanderbilt is going to win a lot of games here,'' Davis said. ''They've played a brutal schedule.''

UP NEXT

Middle Tennessee hosts Ole Miss (4-3) on Saturday before visiting another SEC team, Auburn, on Dec. 16. Ole Miss has lost two straight overtime games.

Vanderbilt visits 16th-ranked Arizona State (7-0) on Dec. 17 after an 11-day break for final exams. ASU's explosive offense ranks fifth nationally (92.7 ppg).

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Key Players
N. King
J. Roberson
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
14.4 Pts. Per Game 14.4
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
9.4 Reb. Per Game 9.4
56.6 Field Goal % 43.4
40.0 Three Point % 38.9
84.3 Free Throw % 92.3
  Offensive rebound by Payton Willis 1.0
  Riley LaChance missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Payton Willis 9.0
  Giddy Potts missed jump shot 11.0
+ 1 Riley LaChance made 3rd of 3 free throws 39.0
+ 1 Riley LaChance made 2nd of 3 free throws 39.0
+ 1 Riley LaChance made 1st of 3 free throws 39.0
  Shooting foul on David Simmons 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Payton Willis 47.0
  Giddy Potts missed 2nd of 2 free throws 47.0
+ 1 Giddy Potts made 1st of 2 free throws 47.0
Team Stats
Points 66 63
Field Goals 24-56 (42.9%) 20-54 (37.0%)
3-Pointers 3-14 (21.4%) 8-27 (29.6%)
Free Throws 15-23 (65.2%) 15-19 (78.9%)
Total Rebounds 39 33
Offensive 12 11
Defensive 24 22
Team 3 0
Assists 13 11
Steals 3 3
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 5 7
Fouls 18 19
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
5
N. King F
23 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
home team logo
5
M. Fisher-Davis G
17 PTS, 7 REB
12T
away team logo Middle Tenn. 6-1 283866
home team logo Vanderbilt 3-6323163
Team Stats
away team logoMiddle Tenn. 6-1 77.9 PPG 40.3 RPG 15.5 APG
home team logoVanderbilt 3-6 68.7 PPG 38.3 RPG 10.9 APG
Key Players
5
N. King F 24.3 PPG 6.6 RPG 2.3 APG 55.5 FG%
5
M. Fisher-Davis G 12.0 PPG 5.6 RPG 0.9 APG 34.6 FG%
Top Scorers
5
N. King F 23 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
5
M. Fisher-Davis G 17 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
42.9 FG% 37.0
21.4 3PT FG% 29.6
65.2 FT% 78.9
Middle Tenn.
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. King 34 23 6 4 0 0 0 3 7/18 0/2 9/11 1 5
G. Potts 40 16 4 5 1 0 1 3 5/16 2/7 4/6 1 3
B. Walters 26 16 5 1 0 1 1 4 7/10 0/0 2/5 5 0
D. Simmons 30 4 5 2 1 0 1 4 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 4
E. Simpson 31 3 6 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. King 34 23 6 4 0 0 0 3 7/18 0/2 9/11 1 5
G. Potts 40 16 4 5 1 0 1 3 5/16 2/7 4/6 1 3
B. Walters 26 16 5 1 0 1 1 4 7/10 0/0 2/5 5 0
D. Simmons 30 4 5 2 1 0 1 4 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 4
E. Simpson 31 3 6 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Gamble 14 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/1 2 2
T. Dixon 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
J. Hawthorne 9 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1
T. Shelton-Szmidt 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
D. Sims 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
C. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Massenburg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Slatten - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Van Hooser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 66 36 13 3 1 5 18 24/56 3/14 15/23 12 24
Vanderbilt
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Roberson 32 13 4 0 1 0 2 2 2/6 1/2 8/8 2 2
R. LaChance 36 9 5 5 0 0 1 3 3/10 0/6 3/3 2 3
S. Lee 26 5 0 3 1 0 1 2 2/6 0/2 1/2 0 0
D. Baptiste 22 4 6 1 0 3 0 2 2/7 0/0 0/0 2 4
J. Toye 19 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 0/6 0/3 0/0 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Roberson 32 13 4 0 1 0 2 2 2/6 1/2 8/8 2 2
R. LaChance 36 9 5 5 0 0 1 3 3/10 0/6 3/3 2 3
S. Lee 26 5 0 3 1 0 1 2 2/6 0/2 1/2 0 0
D. Baptiste 22 4 6 1 0 3 0 2 2/7 0/0 0/0 2 4
J. Toye 19 0 2 1 0 1 1 2 0/6 0/3 0/0 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Fisher-Davis 33 17 7 0 0 1 1 2 5/9 5/8 2/3 0 7
P. Willis 17 9 5 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 2/5 1/2 1 4
C. Brown 13 6 4 1 1 0 0 3 3/4 0/1 0/1 3 1
E. Obinna 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
L. Austin Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Wetzell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 33 11 3 5 7 19 20/54 8/27 15/19 11 22