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Middle Tennessee holds off Lamar 74-66

Nov 20, 2009 - 3:44 AM MURFREESBORO, Tenn.(AP) -- James Washington scored 19 points and had six assists to lead Middle Tennessee to a 74-66 victory over Lamar on Thursday night.

Washington made four of his 11 free throws in the final 29 seconds as the Blue Raiders (2-2) held off a late charge after leading by as many as 14 points in the second half.

Lamar's Lawrence Nwevo hit a free throw to cut the lead to 68-63 with 33 seconds left before Washington hit two to increase the advantage to 70-63 with 16 seconds left. Washington hit two more with 7 seconds left.

After falling behind by eight early, Middle Tennessee took a 16-14 lead on Monatarrio Haddock's 3-pointer with 11:24 remaining in the first half.

Haddock finished with 17 points and Theryn Hudson added 10 for the Blue Raiders.

Anthony Miles led Lamar (2-1) with 19 points and Charlie Harper had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Kendrick Harris added 14 points.