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Middle Tennessee defeats New Orleans 66-46

Jan 29, 2010 - 4:36 AM MURFREESBORO, Tenn.(AP) -- Rod Emanuel and Montarrio Haddock scored 14 points each to help Middle Tennessee defeat New Orleans 66-46 on Thursday night.

The Blue Raiders (12-10, 7-3 Sun Belt Conference) led by just one after Quincy Diggs' layup with 2:16 pulled the Privateers within 25-24 with 2:16 left in the first half.

Montarrio Haddock had a tip-in with 1 second left in the first half to give Middle Tennessee a 32-24 halftime lead.

The Blue Raiders opened the second half with 13 straight points to lead 45-24 on James Washington's 3-pointer with 13:49 to play.

Middle Tennessee scored 26 points off 24 turnovers, and shot 50 percent in the second half (13 of 26).

James Washington added 11 points in the Blue Raiders' fourth-straight win.

Jaroslav Tyrna scored 13 points and Charles Carmouche added 12 for the Privateers (7-14, 2-8), who lost their third straight.