HONOLULU (AP) — Giddy Potts' jumper with 2.3 seconds left gave Middle Tennessee a 69-67 victory over Princeton on Friday in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic.
Princeton's Sebastian Much made a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to tie before Potts' shot from just inside the arc. Myles Stephens then missed from midcourt.
Potts scored 14 points but before his game-winner hadn't scored since a 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the second half when he sat out for nine minutes with foul trouble.
Nick King had 18 points and Tyrik Dixon 10 for the Blue Raiders (8-2), who lost to Auburn in their previous game to snap a five-game winning streak.
Devin Cannady scored 16 points, Amir Bell 11 and Much 10 for the Tigers (5-7). Stephens grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.
Cannady's 3-pointer with 44 seconds left put the Tigers up 28-23 at halftime, with the Blue Raiders held to their lowest first-half total this season.
The game was tight throughout with 13 lead changes and seven ties.