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Middle Tenn. 74, Erskine 40

December 23, 1997

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) _ Aylton Tesch scored 13 points Monday night to help Middle Tennessee State beat Erskine 74-40.

After losing to national powerhouses North Carolina and Kansas, Middle Tennessee (6-2) found the going easier against Division II Erskine.

Erskine (4-4) hung close for the first 12 minutes before MTSU closed with a 20-10 run to close the first half and opened the second half with a 13-1 spurt, holding the Fleet without a field goal for the first 9 1/2 minutes of the half.

The victory improved the Blue Raiders to 15-1 at home in coach Randy Wiel’s two seasons.

The Flying Fleet were led by John Williams with 13 points. Middle Tennessee’s Lee Nosse came off the bench to add 13.