Scores

Final

Florida Atl 59

(11-16, 7-7 Sun Belt)

Middle Tennessee 72

(24-4, 13-1 Sun Belt)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    6:30 PM ET, February 18, 2012

    Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    FAU 22 3759
    MTU 32 4072

    Top Performers

    Florida Atlantic: J. McCoy 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Middle Tennessee: L. Dendy 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Middle Tennessee 72, FAU 59

    Associated Press

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- LaRon Dendy scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Middle Tennessee defeated Florida Atlantic 72-59 Saturday night in Sun Belt Conference play.

    With the victory, Middle Tennessee won the Sun Belt regular season title with a program-record 24th victory, and clinched the top seed in the conference tournament.

    The Blue Raiders (24-4, 13-1), whose fourth straight victory was their 17th in the last 19 games, led 14-12 early before going on a 15-2 run. Five players scored in that stretch, Dendy getting six points as Middle Tennessee took a 32-22 halftime lead. Florida Atlantic (11-16, 7-7) fell behind by 18 points early in the second half.

    Dendy, who went 5 for 10 from the floor and 10 for 13 from the foul line, was joined in double figures by J.T. Sulton and Raymond Cintron. Sulton scored 11 points, including 5 for 5 from the stripe. Cintron came off the bench to score 10 points, hitting two 3-pointers.

    Shavar Richardson led Florida Atlantic with 16 points. Dennis Mavin and Kelvin Penn scored 10 apiece for the Owls.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FAU
    MTU
    Points 59 72
    FG Made-Attempted 16-46 (.348) 24-49 (.490)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-30 (.733) 20-28 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 18

    2011-12 Season

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