MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Neiko Hunter scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures, and Middle Tennessee took control with a 24-6 run in the first half and cruised to an 82-50 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock in a Sun Belt Conference game on Thursday night.
Middle Tennessee shot 56 percent from the field (28 of 50) and 64.3 percent from 3-point range (9 of 14). The Blue Raiders, who have won eight of their past nine games, also won the rebound battle 37-25. UALR was 18 of 51 from the field and 3 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Trailing 8-5 early, Middle Tennessee's run gave it a 29-14 advantage culminated by Cintron's 3-pointer with 6:15 remaining. Marcos Knight and Cintron scored eight points each during the streak.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
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