Scores

Final

W Kentucky 39

(14-15, 8-8 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 57

(15-15, 10-6 Sun Belt)

    Coverage: FOXCS

    8:00 PM ET, February 26, 2011

    Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    WKU 19 2039
    MTU 29 2857

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    Western Kentucky: S. Pettigrew 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Middle Tennessee: J. Sulton 18 Pts, 4 Reb

    Middle Tennessee 57, W. Kentucky 39

    Associated Press

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- J.T. Sulton scored 18 points and Middle Tennessee pulled away in the final 13 minutes to beat Western Kentucky 57-39 Saturday night.

    The Blue Raiders (15-15, 10-6 Sun Belt Conference) earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament by clinching the No. 2 seed in the East Division. The Hilltoppers (14-15, 8-8) are the No. 3 East seed and play Louisiana-Monroe on March 5.

    After trailing 33-21 early in the second half, Western Kentucky rallied to tie it at 33 with 13:16 remaining. The Hilltoppers, however, made just two more field goals the rest of the way.

    Western Kentucky's point total was its lowest since a 38-20 win over Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 16, 1960. Eastern Kentucky's coach pulled his team off the floor in that game before the full 40 minutes were played.

    Steffphon Pettigrew scored 15 points for Western Kentucky, which shot 30.4 percent (14 of 46).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WKU
    MTU
    Points 39 57
    FG Made-Attempted 14-46 (.304) 22-54 (.407)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 3-11 (.273)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-20 (.400) 10-18 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

    2010-11 Season

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