Yates leads Middle Tennessee over Norfolk State
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)—Desmond Yates scored 18 points and Demetrius Green added 17 to lead Middle Tennessee to a 77-56 win over Norfolk State in the second round of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament.
Yates had 10 first-half points Sunday to lead Middle Tennessee (6-5) to a 33-24 halftime lead. He combined with Green to score 15 of Middle Tennessee’s first 17 points of the second half, pushing the Blue Raiders to a 50-34 lead with 14:13 remaining.
A 10-4 Middle Tennessee run made the score 60-38 with 10:16 left, and Norfolk State (1-8) never challenged the rest of the way.
Kevin Kanaskie and Montarrio Haddock each had 11 for Middle Tennessee, which outrebounded Norfolk State 45-26 and scored 34 points in the paint.
Michael Deloach had 21 for Norfolk State, and Corey Lyons added 13.
Norfolk State shot 35.3 percent from the field on 18 of 51, while Middle Tennessee hit 48.3 percent on 28 of 55.