Despite 29 points from FIU's Jerica Coley, Middle Tennesseee pulled away late for a 74-60 win Thursday night.
The men's team, playing most of the first half with a lineup of Deric Hill, Tanner Wozniak, Gilles Dierickx, Jeremy Allen and Dominique Ferguson, led Middle's men 29-26 at halftime. But shooting under 30 percent in the second half opened the door to a Blue Raiders comeback similar to the one that crushed FIU's women. Ferguson finished with a game-high 20 points. Allen finished with 19.
As the men's game started, 6-6 forward Tola Akomolafe, who has started eight of the 14 games he's played this season, sat at the end of the bench in a suit. There were some eligibility concerns earlier this week about Akomolafe that have come to pass. The school is petitioning the NCAA.