Tulane Trio Shoots Past North Texas Basketball
Green Wave Defeats Mean Green, 73-62
Jan. 11, 2014
DENTON, Texas - Freshman guard Jonathan Stark scored 20 points to lead the Tulane men's basketball team to a 73-62 victory against North Texas on Saturday afternoon at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (9-7) drops its second straight conference and remains winless in Conference USA league play. Tulane improves to 9-8 and 1-1 in the conference.
"I give Tulane credit," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "Those three guards are pretty good. That Jonathan Stark is one of the best players in the league."
North Texas was unable to contain the Green Wave's top three scorers. Stark, Louis Dabney and Jay Hook scored 49 of their team's 73 points. Stark finished with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range.
North Texas started off slow but went on a 12-3 run at the end of the first half to tie the game at intermission. The Mean Green dug itself in a small hole in the first three minutes of the second half with four turnovers and four fouls, aiding Tulane on a 9-0 run. The Mean Green was able to cut the lead down to four points, but Tulane went on a 19-12 run to seal the win.
Stark started out hot, scoring 11 of his team's first 16 points. He hit his first four field goals, including two 3-pointers to lead Tulane to a 16-10 advantage. After North Texas came back to tie the game right before the half, Stark opened the second period by scoring five of his team's first nine points.
The Green Wave shot 40 percent from the field and made 22 of 28 free throws, including 16 in the second period.
T.J. Taylor led the Mean Green with 19 points off the bench. He energized North Texas throughout the game with his drives to the basket. He went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line.
"TJ has been working hard," said Benford. "He's coming off a nagging injury. He has to continue to play well."
Taylor led the Mean Green on the run late in the first half with five straight points. His 3-point play cut the lead to two points, 26-24, at 1:35. Jordan Williams ended the first half with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game. He finished the game with 14 points.
In the second half, a basket by Taylor and then a 3-pointer at the top of the key by Jordan Williams cut the Tulane lead to four points, 54-50, at 9:02. Tulane responded with a 6-1 run to hold onto the lead.
Taylor tried again to keep North Texas within reach of the lead with a layup at 5:47 that cut the lead to seven points, 60-53. Tulane followed with a 6-0 run, capped by a Cameron Reynolds fast break and dunk, to take its largest lead of the game up to that point, 66-53.
Next up for North Texas
• North Texas takes to the road next week when it faces two more conference opponents: Marshall and Charlotte. The Mean Green plays Marshall on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m .
Mean Green Quick Hitters
•Jordan hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at the half. Tulane led the entire first half.
• Jonathan Stark scored 11 of Tulane's 27 first-half points. The trio of Stark, Louis Dabney and Jay Hook scored 22 of Tulane's 27 first-half points. The trio finished with 49 of their team's 73 points
• The North Texas bench scored 15 of NT's 27 first-half points. The Mean Green bench finished with 43 points
• T.J. Taylor scored 19 points in the game, his fourth game in double-figures this season. The 29 points was the third-most points he has scored this season.
• Colin Voss scored nine points, the third-most points he has scored this season.
•Jordan Williams scored in double-figures for the second straight game. He finished with 14 points.