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UNT looking to get back at home ahead of game against UTSA

Tylor Perry could tell the difference in almost every aspect of how North Texas played last week when Mean Green knocked out UAB on the road compared to just days before.

UNT took the win over the Blazers and looked like a completely different team than the one that allowed Rice to break away late for the Super Pit victory.

Tylor Perry

“Our meetings got closer, we talked more and didn’t let anything bother us,” the UNT Star Guardian said. “We’re back to who we are.”

UNT will look to build on that performance on Thursday when Mean Green hosts UTSA in a rare 8:00 pm game broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

UNT (16-5) got into a tough midseason game and lost two of their last four games, falling to 7-3 in Conference USA.

Mean Green are the current C-USA regular season champions. UNT’s chances of repeating have dropped dramatically in the last few weeks leading up to the game against the Roadrunners (7-14, 1-9).

The Florida Atlantic won both games against UNT and became one of the top teams in college basketball. The Owls (19-1) are 21st nationally and have taken control of the C-USA title race after starting 9-0 in league play.

The focus of UNT is not conference racing. Mean Green are looking to improve their record in a 63–52 win over UAB.

Mean Green took a 40-29 lead at halftime and finished behind Kai Huntsberry, who finished with 19 points.

UNT’s performance in the victory over the Blazers greatly improved from the 72–60 loss to Rice. Mean Green took an 11-point lead early, but late.

The Owls finished the game 18–6.

“Our guys were together at UAB and were happy to play,” said UNT coach Grant McCasland. “The season can tire you out. At home we played without much pleasure. There was an expectation that we would win no matter what. We just played.

“You have to have fire in the way you play the game and the heart to compete and win together, not just play the game. We’ve lost some of that. We played with the passion we need in UAB.”

UNT will look to repeat that result when it takes on a UTSA team that has lost six games in a row after upsetting Middle Tennessee earlier this month.

“UTSA struggles a bit, but it’s had a lot of close games,” Perry said. “You can’t let your guard down.”

Perry is averaging 17.3 points per game and leading the Mean Green team, who are third nationally with an average of 55.1 points per game.

Senior defenseman Japhet Medor is averaging 13.7 points per game to lead UTSA.

Women on the UNT aim to flip the slide at UTSA

The UNT women are looking to break their two-game losing streak when they head to the Roadrunners on Thursday.

The Mean Green (6-13, 3-6) staggeringly lost their last game, dropping 17 points in the second half, losing to UAB 76-74. UNT lost 33 points in the third quarter and will look to rebound for senior defenseman Quincy Noble, who is averaging 17.1 points per game.

UTSA also struggled in its second season under former UNT coach Karen Aston. The Roadrunners (4-14) are 2-7 in C-USA and lost three in a row.

UTSA is introducing one of C-USA’s best players in junior forward Jordyn Jenkins. The Southern California transfer is averaging 19.9 points per game.

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

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