JONESBORO, Ark. -- Brandon Peterson had 15 points and nine rebounds as Arkansas State defeated Middle Tennessee 66-60 in overtime Thursday night.
Marcus Hooten added 14 points for the Red Wolves (9-5, 3-2 Sun Belt), including five straight in overtime that put them ahead for good.
Marcus Knight led Middle Tennessee (11-4, 3-1) with 23 points and nine rebounds. Tweety Knight added 12 points, including a 3-pointer with 1 second left in regulation that sent the game into overtime tied at 52-52.
After the Blue Raiders scored the first two points in the extra period, Hooten hit a 3-pointer and a layup to put Arkansas State ahead 57-54, and Peterson followed with a steal and a dunk to make it a five-point game with 2:45 remaining. Peterson added another dunk with 27 seconds left and the Red Wolves hit 5 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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