Middle Tennessee beats Florida International 68-63


Published: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 7:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 7:55 a.m.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Demetrius Green hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to help Middle Tennessee State remain undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference with a 68-63 victory over Florida International on Saturday night.

Green's shot gave the Blue Raiders (11-5, 5-0), who won their seventh consecutive game, a 65-62 lead and broke the fifth tie of the game, all of which came in the final 6:47.

It is the Blue Raiders' best conference start since joining the Sun Belt in 2001-02.

Middle Tennessee led 50-36 with 10:41 remaining, but Florida International (6-12, 1-4) went on a 20-5 run that culminated with the Golden Panthers taking a 56-55 lead on Freddy Asprilla's jumper with 5:15 remaining.

Nigel Johnson led Middle Tennessee with 15 points. Green and Montarrio Haddock added 14 points each.

Asprilla had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Galindo added 19 points.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

Comments are currently unavailable on this article

▲ Return to Top