Recap: Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Trey Finn scored 19 points as the ninth- seeded Arkansas State Red Wolves upset the regular-season champion Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 64-61, in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Summit Arena.
Marcus Hooten scored 15 points, including two free throws with just under 10 seconds remaining for Arkansas State (14-19), while Brandon Peterson added 13 points and eight rebounds. The Red Wolves will advance to face the fifth- seeded North Texas Mean Green in Monday's semifinal round.
Raymond Clinton led Middle Tennessee (25-6) with 15 points. Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year LaRon Dendy had 14 points and seven rebounds, Marcos Knight netted 13 points, and Shawn Jones scored 12 points. The loss was the second in a row for the Blue Raiders, who had not lost consecutive games the entire season.
The Red Wolves took a slight 31-28 advantage into the intermission after they shot 44.4 percent from the field. Middle Tennessee stayed close by hitting 42.3 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half.
Arkansas State cooled off a little bit after the break, as it shot 42.9 percent from the field. The Blue Raiders improved to 44 percent shooting in the second half, but suffered an upset after they converted just 8-of-17 at the charity stripe. Middle Tennessee missed five free throws in the final minute, including one by Dendy which would have tied it up after his basket brought the Blue Raiders within one point with 12.9 seconds left.
The Red Wolves held a 39-28 advantage in the rebounding battle to help power the victory.Game Notes