Middle Tennessee 80, FIU 68

Jason Jones scored 23 points and Middle Tennessee cruised to an

80-68 win over Florida International on Saturday to win its fifth

straight game and sweep the season series.

The Blue Raiders (14-12, 9-4 Sun Belt Conference) defeated the

Panthers 79-70 on Jan. 29 to begin their current winning streak and

have won six of their last seven.

J.T. Sulton added 17 points and nine rebounds for Middle

Tennessee, which led 34-26 at the half.

After trailing by 17, FIU (9-16, 4-9) cut the deficit to 64-58

with 2:51 to go, but could get no closer.

Both teams shot well, although the Blue Raiders made 26 of 49

field goals (53.1 percent) compared to 20 of 39 (51.3 percent) for

FIU.

Each team hit six 3-pointers and Middle Tennessee made 22 of 34

free throws to the Panthers’ 22 of 33.

Phil Taylor scored 21 for FIU, which has lost three in a row and

nine of its past 10.