Midtennst 66
Arkltlrock 61
Date of game: 2/16/2013

Recap: Ark-Little Rock vs. Middle Tennessee

Little Rock, AR (Sports Network) - Marcos Knight recorded a game-high 15 points as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders held on to defeat the Arkansas- Little Rock Trojans, 66-61, in Sun Belt Conference action at the Jack Stephens Center.

Bruce Massey and Raymond Cintron contributed 11 points apiece for the Blue Raiders (23-4, 15-1 Sun Belt). Kerry Hammonds was three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points as Middle Tennessee won a 12th straight game.

For the Trojans (15-12, 9-7), Michael Javes recorded 12 points, five boards, and three blocks. Ben Dillard also added 12 points but was the only other player in double figures as UALR lost for the third time in four outings.

Middle Tennessee jumped out to an early 20-8 lead, eventually claiming a 28-18 advantage in the first half. The Trojans shot just 6-of-24 from the floor through the first 20 minutes.

In the second half UALR made 16-of-32 from the floor, while Middle Tennessee converted 11-of-26 field goals. The Trojans tried to make a game of it, but the team hurt itself with just 8-of-16 shooting at the free-throw line.

Middle Tennessee, which turned the ball over 21 times, controlled the boards, 41-32, and made 24-of-29 free throws on the night.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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