MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Kerry Hammonds II and Neiko Hunter scored 14 points apiece and put in a solid second-half performance in helping Middle Tennessee overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to get past South Alabama 65-55 on Saturday.
Hammonds II and Hunter also teamed up for 15 rebounds while Tweety Knight added 12 points for Middle Tennessee.
South Alabama (4-3) led at halftime 34-26, but Middle Tennessee (6-1) persevered and tied it up at 49 on two free throws with seven minutes left. The Jaguars were able to stay with the Blue Raiders until Middle Tennessee hit 9 of 10 free throws on a nine-point run in the final minutes while the Jags failed to answer shooting from the field. The Jaguars scored just 21 second half points.