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Middle Tenn. 127, Sue Bennett 70

December 29, 1996

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) _ Roni Bailey scored 18 points, leading seven other Middle Tennessee State players in double figures Sunday, as the Blue Raiders defeated Sue Bennett 127-70.

Middle Tennessee State (8-3) never trailed. The closest Sue Bennett (2-12) came was when Joey Hurley hit a 3-pointer that cut Middle Tennessee’s lead in the opening minutes to 5-3.

Middle Tennessee led by 60 points twice in the final three minutes, including 123-63 with 2:40 to go on Richard Duncan’s layup. Sue Bennett cut the lead to 56 points but MTSU widened it to 127-67 when Freddie Martinez hit two free throws with 42 seconds left.

It was the Blue Raiders’ highest score since 1988, when they defeated Tennessee Wesleyan 143-68.

Middle Tennessee led Sue Bennett 65-32 at the half.

Mantia Callender had 14 points for the Blue Raiders, followed by Torey Moore and K.J. Harden with 13 each, Nod Carter and Martinez with 12 apiece, Richard Duncan with 11.

Derrick Bennett led Sue Bennett’s scoring with 24 points, followed by Jackie Steele with 13.

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