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North Texas Hoops Rewind: Florida Atlantic 66, UNT 62 – Mean Green drop after controversial call

The final: Florida Atlantic 66, North Texas 62

Where is the UNT: UNT fell to 14-4 for the season and 5-2 in Conference USA after breaking its four-game winning streak. Mean Green’s last loss before Saturday came earlier this season against FAU at the Super Pit.

What now?: UNT will have a quick turnaround before hosting the Florida International on Monday in Miami.

Star of the day: Tylor Perry scored 18 points and hit five shots from three-point range in UNT’s loss to the FAU. He went 5 out of 9 off the floor.

What?:

“They had more hope of winning than we did… Their determination was higher.

— Grant McCasland, UNT Coach on Mean Green’s loss to FAU.

Our opinion: UNT knew that before the game against the Florida Atlantic, a lot depended on the result.

FAU came out on top of the C-USA standings 5-0, thanks in large part to the Owls’ victory over Mean Green at the Super Pit earlier this season.

The FAU further extended their league lead with another close victory over Mean Green.

This was the top belated key moment, but the one that will be remembered is the call at the ring with 4:10 left. UNT passed the ball to Aaron Scott who sent the ball to the basket with FAU leading 59–56.

McCasland thought the Owls should have been called up for goaltending after Scott’s bounced shot. Officials saw the game differently and called McCasland for a technical foul when he protested the game.

FAU converted one of the two free throws and increased the lead to four.

Perry looked for 3 in the final seconds with UNT trailing 64-62 but missed it. The FAU held out from there.

The C-USA season is just getting started, but there is no doubt that FAU has a clear advantage now, especially after being UNT twice.

BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.

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