Western Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee 72, W. Kentucky 64

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - LaRon Dendy scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Middle Tennessee over Western Kentucky 72-64.

The Blue Raiders (22-4, 11-1 Sun Belt Conference) outrebounded Western Kentucky 51-44, helping them score 15 second-chance points and 38 points in the paint.

Middle Tennessee trailed 31-30 with 18:39 left and scored eight straight. Dendy's jumper made it 39-31 with 15:13 to play.

Western Kentucky, which wouldn't get closer than four points the rest of the way, turned it over twice during the spurt.

Marcos Knight added 12 points, Raymond Cintron 11 and Kerry Hammonds 10 for the Blue Raiders, who won their fifth straight in the series.

The Hilltoppers (8-16, 4-7) were led by T.J. Price with 14 points and George Fant with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Western Kentucky shot just 33.8 percent from the field (22 of 65), and made 28.6 percent form 3-point range (6 of 21).

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Scoreboard
Western Kentucky (8-16)263864
Middle Tennessee (22-4) «284472

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
V. Zollo, F162-60-03145
T. Akol, F132-60-03044
T. Price, G364-113-373414
D. Gordon, G352-114-47629
J. Crook, G293-122-22048
G. Fant325-102-2111412
K. McDonald222-53-31038
N. Snipes131-20-04052
O. Akamune41-20-02002
Totals 22-6514-1444113064
 33.8%100% 
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
J. Sulton, F212-50-06144
L. Dendy, C2910-226-12144226
B. Massey, G311-61-24813
K. Hammonds, G294-81-452010
M. Knight, G286-130-282412
R. Cintron172-45-610211
J. Jones170-61-55011
T. Walker110-02-30012
J. Gallman101-11-20133
J. Oden70-20-12000
Totals 26-6717-3751181872
 38.8%45.9% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.0-07-112
La. Tech0-07-352
Marshall0-07-3174
Old Dominion0-07-373
FAU0-06-3122
Western Ky.0-06-353
UAB0-06-4194
FIU0-05-4248
So. Miss0-05-4272
North Texas0-06-5257
UT-San Antonio0-06-5247
Charlotte0-03-6331
UTEP0-03-6213
Rice0-02-7304

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern0-08-247
Louisiana0-08-2178
Georgia St.0-07-3228
UT-Arlington0-07-369
Coast. Car.0-05-5186
S. Alabama0-05-5283
Texas St.0-05-5336
Troy0-05-5292
App. St.0-05-6273
UL-Monroe0-04-5240
Arkansas St.0-03-6343
Little Rock0-02-7308
 
Other games
Wisc 68 Final
Minn 61
Ole Miss 60 Final
Miss St 70
TNST 72 Final
MRST 68
Illinois 71 Final
Indiana 84
STMA 59 Final
GONZ 73