Florida International vs Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee 71, FIU 66


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - JT Sulton scored 17 points as Middle Tennessee defeated Florida International 71-66 Thursday night in the teams' Sun Belt Conference opener.

The victory by the Blue Raiders (12-2) was their fourth in a row and gave coach Kermit Davis the most wins in the history of the program. He has a 165-128 record in his 10th season at Middle Tennessee, surpassing Jimmy Earle's 164 victories from the 1969-70 through 1978-79 seasons.

Sulton's dunk with 13:43 remaining in the first half put Middle Tennessee ahead 11-9, and it never relinquished the lead, although it never led by more than 10 points.

The Golden Panthers (3-10) got within a point, 40-39, with 4:09 gone in the second half, but the Blue Raiders scored the next six points on free throws to lead by seven.

Shawn Jones finished with 15 points for Middle Tennessee.

Phil Taylor led FIU with 22 points.

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Middle Tennessee (12-2) «383371

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Florida International Golden Panthers
D. Ferguson, F366-82-10112414
J. De La Rosa, C252-70-04054
B. Moore, C231-21-24053
P. Taylor, G398-142-533422
J. Allen, G375-145-641217
G. Dierickx203-30-01146
T. Akomolafe70-10-01010
D. Hill70-00-01100
C. Bell30-00-00020
M. Nunez20-00-00010
T. Wozniak10-00-00000
Totals 25-4910-233382866
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
J. Sulton, F205-87-1030517
L. Dendy, C314-103-5102111
R. Cintron, G393-103-421112
M. Knight, G363-85-866311
B. Massey, G290-22-42312
S. Jones254-97-1030415
Z. Gibson71-10-02103
J. Gallman60-10-10040
J. Oden50-10-00100
T. Walker20-00-00010
Totals 20-5027-4234142071
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
La. Tech0-02-0241
Middle Tenn.0-03-1276
Old Dominion0-03-1268
North Texas0-02-1236
UT-San Antonio0-02-2281
So. Miss0-01-1128
Western Ky.0-01-1128

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern0-03-0205
Georgia St.0-02-1294
UL Lafayette0-02-153
App. St.0-02-2340
Coast. Car.0-02-211
S. Alabama0-02-2137
Arkansas St.0-01-2279
Texas St.0-01-2316
Little Rock0-00-2330
Other games
HARV 67 Final
BC 46
ELON 62 Final
NC 100
Florida 83 Final
RUT 85
PSU 53 Final
Michigan 71
HOW 34 Final
Kansas 89
VANDY 74 Final
MU 57