ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shawn Jones scored 18 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and led a second-half defensive effort as Middle Tennessee defeated Central Florida 75-61 Tuesday night.
Raymond Cintron scored 14 points for Middle Tennessee (3-1) and Neiko Hunter added 13. The Blue Raiders held UCF to 33 percent shooting after halftime. James Gallman and Marcos Knight added 11 points each.
Middle Tennessee scored 13 straight second-half points, 12 coming on two 3-point plays by Jones and Hunter's two treys for a 64-50 lead with 5:59 remaining.
UCF shot 54.5 percent in the first half when the Knights built a 33-30 lead. But Middle Tennessee's defense virtually shut down Clanton and Isaiah Sykes, UCF's top scorers.
Clanton didn't get a shot the first 14 minutes of the second half. Sykes was scoreless, fouling out with 6:42 left.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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