The final: North Texas 56, Middle Tennessee 51
Where is the UNT: UNT went 13-3 for the season and 4-1 in Conference USA after winning their third game in a row. UNT toured two games to Western Kentucky and MTSU.
What now?: UNT will host Louisiana Tech on Wednesday ahead of a key game in the Florida Atlantic next weekend. The FAU handed over to UNT its only conference loss earlier this year.
Star of the Night: Ruby Jones came off the bench and scored 13 points on 4 of 7 shots from the floor. Jones also hit all but one of his six free throws.
“We challenged our guys and they challenged each other. They did not miss during the first six minutes of the game, as it seemed. It’s just not our identity. … We just said, “Let’s cut it down to 10 to half.”
— Grant McCasland, UNT Coach, on how Mean Green started their comeback late in the first half after falling 19 early.
Our opinion: UNT ended an impressive two-game journey when he eliminated MTSU just two days after defeating Western Kentucky.
Mean Green were trailing 37-22 during a timeout to four in the first half. UNT closed the half at 9–0. UNT carried the momentum of that run into the second half and ultimately overlooked the Blue Raiders.
In the second half, Mean Green held MTSU to 14 points. Jones hit a pair of free throws with 4:06 left to lift Mean Green 51–49 for good.
UNT kept MTSU without points for the last 2:21.
The win brings UNT closer to what could be a big showdown with the FAU in Florida next week. The Owls are the last team in C-USA not to lose in the league and are 4-0.
BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.