MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Orlando Mendez-Valdez scored with 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and had five assists to lead Western Kentucky to a 68-49 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday night.
A.J. Slaughter and Sergio Kerusch added 13 points apiece for the Hilltoppers (21-8, 15-3 Sun Belt Conference), who ended their regular season with a four-game winning streak.Western Kentucky opened the game with a 13-5 lead after Slaughter made a layup with 14:38 left in the first half. The Hilltoppers followed that with an 11-0 run, holding Middle Tennessee scoreless for more than seven minutes.Western Kentucky went into halftime with a 39-17 lead, controlling the rest of the contest.Montarrio Haddock paced the Blue Raiders (17-13, 10-8) with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting. Calvin O'Neil and Kevin Kanaskie chipped in with 10 points apiece.