Middle Tenn. St. edges Arkansas St. 60-57
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP)—Desmond Yates scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help Middle Tennessee State hold off Arkansas State 60-57 on Thursday night.
The Blue Raiders (12-7, 4-4 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak and also denied Arkansas State first-year coach John Brady a win over his former assistant. Brady and Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis spent five years together at LSU, where Brady was head coach and Davis was associate head coach.
The Blue Raiders led 30-22 at halftime and built the margin to 12 points. The Red Wolves used a 12-2 run to close to 40-38, but Middle Tennessee surged to another 12-point lead.
Arkansas State (12-7, 6-2) finished the game with a 9-1 spurt, but it wasn’t enough.
Montarrio Haddock added 17 points for the Blue Raiders.
Donald Boone led the Red Wolves with 18 points.