Scores

Final

W Kentucky 73

(10-4, 2-1 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 64

(4-8, 0-2 Sun Belt)

8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2006

Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1 2 T
WKU 31 4273
MTU 24 4064

Top Performers

Western Kentucky: O. Mendez-Valdez 18 Pts, 5 Ast

Middle Tennessee: T. Blue 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast

W. Kentucky 73, Middle Tennessee 64

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Orlando Mendez-Valdez came off the bench to score 18 points for Western Kentucky as the Hilltoppers held off Middle Tennessee 73-64 Thursday night.

Western Kentucky (10-4, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference) went up 31-24 at the half, led by starters Courtney Lee with 17 points and Tyrone Brazelton with 14.

Mendez-Valdez hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range and had a team-high five assists. Butch Jointer had a game-high eight rebounds.

Tim Blue led Middle Tennessee (4-8, 0-2), going 7-of-10 from the field for 15 points. Nigel Johnson added 14, including 9-of-10 from the line, and Desmond Yates had 13.

The Hilltoppers' bench outscored the Blue Raiders' 36-25, stretching their lead to 13 points with 10:44 left in the second.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WKU
MTU
Points 73 64
FG Made-Attempted 24-44 (.545) 20-42 (.476)
3P Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 2-11 (.182)
FT Made-Attempted 18-21 (.857) 22-28 (.786)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 0

2006-07 Season

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