Charlotte Hits Buzzer-Beater To Down Mean Green Hoops, 76-74
49ers Overcome North Texas Basketball In Final Minute
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In a game of big runs and even bigger shots, Terrence Williams hit a baseline dunk at the buzzer to give Charlotte a come-from-behind 76-74 win over North Texas on Saturday night at a raucous Halton Arena.
North Texas (10-8, 1-3 C-USA) led by 11 points with 12:20 left and seven points with just 4:30 remaining, but couldn't hold off a charging 49ers squad that made the game's final three buckets all inside the final minute - two of which came from Williams on the low block.
Brandan Walton, who led the Mean Green with 13 points, missed just one shot in the game, and it was on a contested drive to the bucket with 25 seconds on the clock that would have given North Texas a two-point lead.
NT was just a bucket away from its third straight road win and an even 2-2 mark in league play.
"We knew this game could come down to the last possession," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "I'm really proud of the way my team played, and I think it's clear how much progress this entire team has made over the last few weeks. This one really hurts, but I give Charlotte credit for making the plays down the stretch."
The 49ers (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) shot 54.5 percent on the night, and posted 10-0 runs in both the first and second half. North Texas wasn't far behind at 50.9 percent from the floor, with streaks of 16-4 in the first stanza and 10-0 in the second.
A runner from Chris Jones, who finished with five assists, with 1.2 seconds on the clock closed out a furious back-and-forth first half. The Mean Green shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the first and got contributions from nine different scorers in the frame. Still, the 49ers would take a 40-37 lead into the break.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas returns to the Super Pit for a Thursday showdown with UAB, which brings a 12-5 record to Denton.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
Jordan Williams reached double-figures for a fourth straight game, and is averaging 15.0 points per game after the turn of the new year for his career.
NT's leading scorer Alzee Williams was held to four points, but upped his career scoring total to 930 points.
Chris Jones inched closer to the NT career assists top 10. The junior had five dimes tonight, and now needs just 14 more to tie for 10th in school history.
This was the first time North Texas fielded this particular starting lineup (Jones, Vaughns, J. Williams, Voss, Gaines). Entering Saturday, Alzee Williams was the only player to have started every game for NT.
Entering tonight the series with the 49ers was tied at 1-1, although the 2006 North Texas win in Charlotte was considered a turning point for the program. NT's 18-point win that day spurred a 23-win season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.