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Knight's layup lifts Middle Tennessee to 1st win since 1995 over Vanderbilt, 56-52

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    Middle Tennessee guard Bruce Massey celebrates as he leaves the court after defeating Vanderbilt 56-52 in an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings directs his players in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Middle Tennessee, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis argues a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Middle Tennessee guard James Gallman (3) looks for a way around Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

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    Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis, left, argues a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The Associated Press

Tweety Knight scored a go-ahead layup with 1:08 left to lift Middle Tennessee State to a 56-52 victory over Vanderbilt on Friday night.

Bruce Massey scored 17 points to lead the Blue Raiders (9-3), who ended the game on a 16-3 run to get their first win against Vanderbilt since 1995.

After Knight's layup, Kerry Hammonds plucked a steal from Kedren Johnson and finished with a layup for a three-point cushion. Johnson missed a 3-pointer and Raymond Cintron's free throws with 7.5 seconds left sealed the win.

The Commodores (5-5) led 49-40 with 9:58 left but went scoreless for nearly the next six minutes.

Johnson scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half to lead Vanderbilt. He banked in his final basket with 1:56 left to give Vanderbilt a 52-51 lead before Knight responded.

Hammonds scored 11 points for Middle Tennessee, which had lost five straight against Vanderbilt.