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Middle Tennessee defeats FIU 69-52

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Shawn Jones and Marcus Knight scored 15 points each to pace Middle Tennessee to a 69-52 victory over Florida International Saturday night in Sun Belt Conference action.

It was the seventh straight victory for the Blue Raiders (10-3, 2-0) over FIU (4-7, 1-3).

Middle Tennessee scored the game's first eight points. They led 28-21 at halftime, then outscored FIU 41-31 in the second half to win comfortably.

Jones also took 13 rebounds for a double-double, and Knight just missed one with nine rebounds.

Raymond Cintron came off the Middle Tennessee bench to score 12 points on four 3-pointers.