MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- LaRon Dendy scored 23 points to lead hot-shooting Middle Tennessee over Arkansas-Little Rock 68-60 on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders (23-4, 12-1 Sun Belt Conference), who are 12th in the nation shooting 48.9 percent, hit 63.4 percent from the field (26 of 41) against Arkansas-Little Rock.
Dendy was 9 of 11 from the field, and Middle Tennessee made 14 of 20 shots in the first half.
The strong field goal shooting, helped Middle Tennessee overcome just 44.4 percent from the free-throw line (12 of 27), including just 4 of 14 by Dendy.
The Blue Raiders led 35-30 at halftime and, after the Trojans made it 35-32, scored six straight. Middle Tennessee wouldn't be threatened the rest of the way.
Will Neighbour led the Trojans (12-14, 9-3) with 22 points.