Scores

Final

Denver 50

(20-11, 13-7 Sun Belt)

(16) Middle Tennessee 76

(28-3, 19-0 Sun Belt)

    1:30 PM ET, March 5, 2007

    1 2 T
    DEN 17 3350
    #16MTU 43 3376

    Top Performers

    Denver: N. Akotaobi 11 Pts

    Middle Tennessee: C. Givens 28 Pts, 8 Reb

    No. 17 Middle Tennessee crushes Denver

    Associated Press

    LAFAYETTE, La. -- Chrissy Givens scored 28 points to lead Middle Tennessee (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) to a 76-50 victory over Denver in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Monday.

    Givens' two layups and a 3-pointer during a 15-2 run gave the top-seeded Blue Raiders (28-3) a 29-9 lead with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Denver trailed 43-17 at halftime.

    Middle Tennessee will play in Tuesday's conference final against Louisiana-Lafayette, which beat Arkansas State 62-59 in the other semifinal Monday.

    The Blue Raiders, who've won all 20 games against Sun Belt opponents this season, extended their lead to 39 points when Jackie Pickel hit a 3-pointer to make it 65-26 early in the second half.

    Nnenna Akotaobi led Denver (20-11) with 11 points.

    Amber Holt had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Middle Tennessee, which outrebounded the Pioneers 44-24.

    The Pioneers finished with 27 turnovers, which the Blue Raiders converted into 30 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    MTU
    Points 50 76
    FG Made-Attempted 19-46 (.413) 30-76 (.395)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-14 (.429) 7-23 (.304)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 9-10 (.900)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 39

    Game Leaders

     
    DEN
    MTU
    PointsN. Akotaobi 11C. Givens 28
    ReboundsS. Benham 7A. Holt 10

    2006-07 Season

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