MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Reggie Upshaw Jr. scored six of his team's first nine points, finishing with 17 as Middle Tennessee jumped away from Ohio Valley early en route to a 77-60 victory in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
Division II Ohio Valley was whistled for 36 fouls and Middle Tennessee scored 25 points on 43 free-throw attempts.
Daryl Walker led the Fighting Scots with 16 points and Robert Smelser added 10.
A Smelser jumper pulled the Scots to 38-35 at halftime, but Middle Tennessee steadily pulled away after the break. A 3-pointer by David Sinickas and a layup by Arturs Vitins closed the gap to 49-45 with 14:16 left but OVU missed its next three shots.