Scores

Final

South Alabama 52

(8-4, 0-1 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 68

(13-2, 2-0 Sun Belt)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    3:30 PM ET, December 31, 2011

    Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    USA 20 3252
    MTU 46 2268

    Top Performers

    South Alabama: A. Rubit 13 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Middle Tennessee: L. Dendy 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Middle Tennessee 68, South Alabama 52

    Associated Press

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- LaRon Dendy got his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds as Middle Tennessee defeated South Alabama 68-52 in a Sun Belt Conference game on Saturday.

    Dendy made 10 of 16 field goals and the Blue Raiders shot 45.9 percent (28 of 61), which is below their nation-leading average of 51.7 percent from the field.

    Markos Knight added 17 points and Raymond Cintron added 11 for the Blue Raiders (13-2, 2-0), who won their fifth straight game.

    The Blue Raiders used a 29-8 run in the final 12:35 of the first half to break open the game and lead 46-20 at the break. A 3-pointer by James Gallman gave the Blue Raiders their biggest lead of the game at 54-22 with 16:22 remaining.

    Augustine Rubit had 13 points and 13 rebounds for South Alabama (8-4, 0-1), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USA
    MTU
    Points 52 68
    FG Made-Attempted 20-66 (.303) 28-61 (.459)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-14 (.571) 6-11 (.545)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 32

    2011-12 Season

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