Scores

Final

FIU 61

(18-13, 11-9 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 57

(28-5, 19-1 Sun Belt)

    7:30 PM ET, March 10, 2013

    1 2 T
    FIU 33 2861
    MTU 24 3357

    Top Performers

    Florida International: D. Hill 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Middle Tennessee: S. Jones 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    FIU 61, Middle Tennessee 57

    Associated Press

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Deric Hill had 16 points and Malik Smith scored 14, including two late free throws, as Florida International upset top-seeded Middle Tennessee 61-57 in the Sun Belt Conference tournament semifinals Sunday night.

    FIU led 33-24 at halftime and maintained the lead, though it was down to two points twice in the final seconds. Hill's layup with 12 seconds left and Smith's free throws with 7 seconds to go clinched it for the fourth-seeded Golden Panthers (18-13), who will play Western Kentucky in Monday's championship game.

    Middle Tennessee (28-5) saw the nation's longest winning streak end at 17 games. The Blue Raiders, Sun Belt regular-season champions with a 19-1 record, will wait for a possible NCAA tournament at-large bid. They last qualified in 1989.

    Cameron Bell scored 15 for FIU. Shawn Jones scored 17 to lead the Blue Raiders and Marcos Knight had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FIU
    MTU
    Points 61 57
    FG Made-Attempted 18-54 (.333) 21-56 (.375)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-22 (.318) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-22 (.818) 12-21 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 3

    2012-13 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Dec 29, 2012 @MTU 69, FIU 52Recap
    Jan 31, 2013 MTU 66, @FIU 64Recap
    » Mar 10, 2013 FIU 61, @MTU 57Recap

    Research Notes

    Middle Tennessee's loss to Florida International in the Sun Belt Conference Semifinals ended what was the longest active winning streak in Division I men's basketball. The Blue Raiders had won 17 straight games before their loss on Sunday. Davidson, which won in the Southern Conference Semifinals against Appalachian State on Sunday, now has the longest active win streak in Division I at 16 games.

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