Cumberland University vs Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee 88, Cumberland (Tenn.) 48


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - LaRon Dendy scored a career-high 21 points as Middle Tennessee cruised past Cumberland (Tenn.) of the NAIA 88-48 Tuesday night.

Dendy finished 8 for 11 from the field and a perfect 4 for 4 from the stripe for the Blue Raiders (5-1), who are off to their best start since the 1987-88 season.

JT Sulton added 14 points, Kerry Hammonds chipped in 11 points and also had career highs with five assists and four blocks. Jason Jones scored 10 points.

Dendy scored back-to-back baskets for the Blue Raiders to open the game, and they never trailed.

Middle Tennessee held the Bulldogs, who counted the game as an exhibition, without a field goal for a 5:42 stretch during the first half and opened a 20-point lead with 6:09 remaining before the break.

Dendy scored 14 second-half points as the Blue Raiders widened the margin to as many as 40.

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Cumberland University Bulldogs
M. Sweat, F274-80-051210
J. Towns, F234-60-02039
L. Brinkley, F161-41-22123
J. Williams, G150-51-22201
A. Ayojeji, G141-50-01113
C. Stewart201-44-52216
J. Pierce142-52-22007
M. Dern131-10-00012
A. Jaramogi130-10-00000
K. Upton131-60-01022
A. Barnett121-10-00202
T. Williams110-10-01130
R. Slusher91-30-01003
Totals 17-508-1125101548
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
J. Sulton, F155-84-640114
L. Dendy, C188-114-421121
K. Hammonds, G264-50-255011
M. Knight, G212-30-06404
B. Massey, G180-30-02320
J. Jones214-62-461410
S. Jones184-50-02038
R. Cintron171-32-22215
J. Gallman161-40-01202
J. Oden101-20-01003
J. Rozier82-30-10124
Z. Gibson72-20-02006
J. Edmonson50-10-01100
Totals 34-5612-1936201488

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