Midtennst 70
Wkentucky 62
Date of game: 3/2/2013

Recap: Western Ky vs. Middle Tennessee

Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - In the regular season finale, JT Sulton scored 17 points to guide the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 70-62, in a Sun Belt Conference matchup at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Sulton was 7-of-10 from the field and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds for Middle Tennessee (27-4, 19-1 Sun Belt), which earned their 16th straight win with their last loss coming in an overtime bout to Arkansas State back on January 3rd. Bruce Massey managed 11 points and Shawn Jones added 10 and six rebounds.

George Fant tallied 18 points and six rebounds for WKU (16-15, 10-10), which saw a three-game winning streak come to a close. T.J. Price contributed 14 points and Jamal Crook added 10.

The Blue Raiders carried a 31-26 lead into intermission after holding WKU to 41.7 percent shooting from the field, including 2-of-9 from beyond the arc.

In the second half Middle Tennessee shot 52.0 percent from the floor and made good on a perfect 13-of-13 at the free-throw line to outscore the Hilltoppers 39-36.

Middle Tennessee shot 18-of-19 at the charity stripe. The Blue Raiders also shot 48.0 percent from the field and scored 10 points on second-chance efforts.

Game Notes

Youngstown State's Ruiz in midseason form

Youngstown State wrapped up spring practices under first-year coach Bo Pelini Friday night, and he and his staff surely enjoyed what they saw in running back Martin Ruiz.

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

Rays send reliever Beliveau to DL

The Tampa Bay Rays placed reliever Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to soreness in his left shoulder.

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