Kris Yanku led Northern Arizona with 15 points. Aaseem Dixon added 11 points and Jaleni Neely chipped in with 10. NAU leading scorer Quinton Upshur, averaging 15.3 entering the game, was 3 of 12 from the floor - and just 1 of 7 on 3-pointers - and finished with 7 points.
Middle Tennessee led by three with 7:46 left, but a pair of Upshaw free throws - off an Upshur foul - and subsequent layup pushed the lead to six. Buford and Tarrance drilled treys and the Blue Raiders walked home with the win.