HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Nick King scored his ninth double-double of the season and Middle Tennessee put the defensive clamps on Southern Mississippi late to earn a 72-62 victory in a Conference USA battle on Thursday night.
The victory keeps Middle Tennessee (21-5, 13-1) alone atop the C-USA standings, a game ahead of Old Dominion (20-2, 11-2).
King scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while the Blue Raiders held Southern Miss scoreless over the final 7:15 of the game.
Giddy Potts drilled a 3 in the closing seconds of the first half to send Middle Tennessee into the break with a 37-36 advantage. King scored seven straight points to put the Blue Raiders up, 60-54 with under nine minutes to play. The Eagles tied the game at 62-62 with 7:15 remaining, but did not score another point the rest of the way, missing 11 shots.
Buggs, Hawaii beat Mississippi Valley State 76-51
Drew Buggs made 6 of 7 from the field and finished with 13 points and six assists to help Hawaii beat Mississippi Valley State 76-51 on Sunday night.
No. 10 Florida State returns from break to host Southeast Missouri
After eight days off for final exams, 10th-ranked Florida State gets back to work on the court Monday night against Southeast Missouri State.
Late steal and layup lifts Pacific over CSU Northridge 79-77
Brandon McGhee stole it from Darius Brown II with 5 seconds left and passed it ahead to Roberto Gallinat for the winning layup to help Pacific beat CSU Northridge 79-77 on Sunday.