Scores

Final

Arkansas State 62

(13-17, 5-13 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 69

(18-13, 10-8 Sun Belt)

    8:00 PM ET, March 4, 2009

    Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    ARST 23 3962
    MTU 28 4169

    Top Performers

    Arkansas St: D. Bryant 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast

    Middle Tennessee: M. Haddock 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast

    Middle Tennessee 69, Arkansas St. 62

    Associated Press

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Kevin Kanaskie had 13 points to help Middle Tennessee State hold off Arkansas State 69-62 Wednesday night in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

    Middle Tennessee (18-13), the No. 5 seed, led 34-25 with 18:04 left, but the No. 12-seeded Red Wolves used a 15-5 run to pull ahead 40-39 with 11:32 left. The Blue Raiders quickly regained the lead on a Kanaskie layup and never trailed again, making 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute.

    Arkansas State (13-17) suffered its 10th straight loss while Middle Tennessee advances to the tournament quarterfinals to face No. 4 seed North Texas on Sunday in Hot Springs, Ark.

    Montarrio Haddock added 12 points for the Blue Raiders, Nigel Johnson had 11 and Desmond Yates chipped in 10.

    Daniel Bryant scored 18 points to pace the Red Wolves while Donald Boone and Shawn Morgan had 10 apiece.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ARST
    MTU
    Points 62 69
    FG Made-Attempted 24-51 (.471) 25-57 (.439)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-20 (.350) 5-13 (.385)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-8 (.875) 14-21 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 10

    2008-09 Season

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