Scores

Final

W Kentucky 53

(11-11, 5-6 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 72

(18-4, 10-1 Sun Belt)

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

4:00 PM ET, January 26, 2013

Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1 2 T
WKU 23 3053
MTU 30 4272

Top Performers

Western Kentucky: K. Kaspar 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast

Middle Tennessee: B. Massey 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

Middle Tennessee 72, W. Kentucky 53

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Marcos Knight scored 15 points and Middle Tennessee extended its winning streak to seven games, beating Western Kentucky 72-53 on Saturday.

Neiko Hunter finished with 13 points for the Raiders (18-4, 10-1 Sun Belt Conference). Bruce Massey scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out six assists and had four steals.

Middle Tennessee never trailed in the contest, going into halftime with a 30-23 lead. The Raiders had their lead trimmed to 42-36 in the second half when Western Kentucky's Kevin Kasper knocked down a 3-pointer with 14:01 left.

But Middle Tennessee distanced itself from the Hilltoppers (11-11, 5-6), outscoring them 19-3 over the next seven minutes to claim a 22-point advantage. Massey's layup with 5:43 remaining gave the Raiders a 63-40 lead -- their largest of the game.

Kasper was the only Western Kentucky player to score in double figures with 14 points and four turnovers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WKU
MTU
Points 53 72
FG Made-Attempted 16-41 (.390) 25-52 (.481)
3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 6-16 (.375)
FT Made-Attempted 17-27 (.630) 16-26 (.615)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 25 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 23

2012-13 Season

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