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.

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