Middle Tennessee State 76, New Orleans 67

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Desmond Yates scored 21 points Saturday as
Middle Tennessee defeated New Orleans 76-67.

Kevin Kanaskie added 13 points and Kyle Young, 12, as the Blue
Raiders (8-9, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference) held New Orleans to 36
percent shooting.

Jamie McNeilly scored 21 for New Orleans, tying his career high,
and Bo McCalebb had 19. But McCalebb was held to a mere 5-of-18
from the field.

Middle Tennessee never trailed after the 14:11 mark of the first
half and led by as many as 11 with 13:51 left in the game.

The Blue Raiders shot 52 percent in the first half and held a
36-31 halftime lead. The team held New Orleans to 36 percent
shooting during the half.

New Orleans (8-10, 4-3 Sun Belt) shot just 37 percent in the
second half. Middle Tennessee shot 41 percent.