Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 60

(12-4, 4-1 Sun Belt)

South Alabama 56

(7-7, 4-2 Sun Belt)

    8:20 PM ET, January 5, 2013

    Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama

    1 2 T
    MTU 29 3160
    USA 28 2856

    Top Performers

    Middle Tennessee: B. Massey 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    South Alabama: A. Rubit 10 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Middle Tennessee 60, South Alabama 56

    Associated Press

    MOBILE, Ala. -- Bruce Massey turned in 12 points as Middle Tennessee held off South Alabama's late charge and escaped with a 60-56 victory in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday night.

    The Blue Raiders (12-4, 4-1) led 29-28 at the intermission but opened the second half with an 11-2 run. Middle Tennessee built the lead all the way to 15, 50-35, when the Jaguars (7-7, 4-2) began to push back.

    Javier Carter's tip-in cut the Blue Raiders' lead to 58-49 with 3:36 left. Augustine Rubit followed with two free throws, then Freddie Goldstein drained a 3 and Antoine Allen made a layup to pull South Alabama within 58-56 with 1:41 left. The Jaguars attempted three more shots and missed them all while Massey hit a pair of free throws for the final four-point lead.

    Rubit led South Alabama with 14 rebounds and added 10 points, while Mychal Ammons added 15 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MTU
    USA
    Points 60 56
    FG Made-Attempted 23-54 (.426) 20-54 (.370)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-11 (.364) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-19 (.526) 10-17 (.588)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 5

    2012-13 Season

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