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.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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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