Scores

Final

South Alabama 54

(15-14, 7-10 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 81

(17-12, 11-5 Sun Belt)

    8:00 PM ET, February 20, 2010

    Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    USA 26 2854
    MTU 37 4481

    Top Performers

    South Alabama: T. Williams 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Middle Tennessee: C. O'Neil 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Middle Tennessee 81, South Alabama 54

    Associated Press

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Calvin O'Neil scored 15 points and Middle Tennessee defeated South Alabama 81-54 on Saturday night.

    The Blue Raiders (17-12, 11-5 Sun Belt Conference) shot 51.9 percent from the field (28 of 54), including going 8-for-16 from 3-point range.

    Montarrio Haddock chipped in 14 points, Rod Emanuel 12 and James Gallman 10 for Middle Tennessee, who won for the fourth time in five games.

    The Blue Raiders scored five straight to go ahead 21-20 on Gallman's 3 with 6:19 left in the first half. Martino Brock then hit two free throws to put the Jaguars (15-14, 7-10) back on top, 22-21, but they were outscored 16-4 the rest of the half as the Blue Raiders built a 37-26 halftime lead.

    Middle Tennessee led by as much as 74-71 on Desmond Yates' 3-pointer with 4:19 left.

    Tim Williams had 17 points, Brock 14 and Jayson Guerrier 12 for South Alabama.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USA
    MTU
    Points 54 81
    FG Made-Attempted 17-49 (.347) 28-54 (.519)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-11 (.091) 8-16 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-27 (.704) 17-22 (.773)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 27

    2009-10 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    South Alabama leads 1-0
    Feb 6, 2010 MTU 80, @USA 68Recap
    » Feb 20, 2010 @MTU 81, USA 54Recap