Midtennst 39 31 70
Fiu 30 38 68
Date of game: 2/8/2014

Recap: FIU vs. Middle Tennessee

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Neiko Hunter had a game-high 25 points and nine rebounds as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders defeated the FIU Golden Panthers, 70-68, in Conference USA play at FIU Arena.

Shawn Jones scored 23 points and also pulled down nine boards for the Blue Raiders (17-7, 7-2 C-USA), winners of five straight.

Jerome Frink paced the Golden Panthers (12-12, 4-5) with 18 points. Dennis Mavin added 15 points, Rakeem Buckles scored 12, and Tymell Murphy finished with 11 points in the loss.

Middle Tennessee led by as many as 11 late in the first half and took a 39-30 lead into the break.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor in the second stanza, but the Blue Raiders never trailed after halftime thanks to a particularly efficient 59.1-percent effort. Reserve Jaqawn Raymond's only bucket of the game came on a layup with 30 seconds left, which broke a 68-68 tie and accounted for the final margin.

Middle Tennessee took care of business on the boards with a 34-25 rebounding advantage for the game.

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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