MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Shawn Jones scored 22 points and gathered 11 rebounds as Middle Tennessee dumped East Carolina 84-67 on Thursday night.
The Blue Raiders had this one in their pocket from the start. Hammonds had eight points early and a 13-0 run propelled MTSU to a 27-10 lead with 7:44 left in the first. When Jaqawn Raymond buried a trey at the buzzer, Middle Tennessee took a 41-22 lead to the break.
East Carolina chipped the lead down to 13 with 6:44 left on Akeem Richmond's 3-pointer, but MTSU scored the next seven points to push the lead back to 20 and they cruised to the win.
Caleb White led East Carolina (11-10, 0-6) with 18 points.