North Texas Falls To Louisiana Tech Off Second Half Run
Sophomore Ja’Michael Brown Scored 11 Points
RUSTON, LA – North Texas gave up 48 second half points and fell on the road at Louisiana Tech 81-57 Saturday inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Mean Green (6-13, 0-7 C-USA) have lost eight-straight games and are 0-8 on the road this season. LA Tech remains red-hot at 14-6 and 6-1 in Conference USA games.
Sophomore guard Ja’Michael Brown led the team with 11 points (4-of-7) and two rebounds. Junior forward Shane Temara finished with eight points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a season-high 38 minutes. Senior guard J-Mychal Reese added nine points and dished out five assists.
North Texas went 23-for-59 (39.0 percent) from the field and were 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from the three-point line. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Mean Green 49-36 and had 13 offensive rebounds. Both teams were able to take care of the basketball with only 16 combined turnovers (North Texas 9, LA Tech 7).
Another second half run was the difference as LA Tech turned a three point lead (40-37) to a 24-point advantage (66-42) in seven minutes. The Bulldogs ran away with the game thanks to that 26-5 burst.
The Mean Green got within 20 points off a jumper by Reese with 8:02 remaining to make the score 66-46. LA Tech closed the door with another 13-4 run to hold its largest lead at 29 points.
Freshman guard A.J. Lawson slammed home a fast break dunk for final points of the game to make the final 81-57.
In a tightly contested first half, LA Tech used seven three-pointers to go into the halftime with a 33-30 lead. Both teams were trading baskets as the first half saw eight lead changes and five ties.
Graduate student Derail Green was feeling it early and finished with eight points and was 2-of-4 from downtown. Junior Shane Temara, starting for the second time this season, scored eight points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the first half.
Either team couldn’t build a big lead as the Bulldogs had a six-point lead at 22-16 before senior guard Deckie Johnson hit two free throws.
Green cut the lead to 22-21 off a three-pointer at the 5:59 mark in the first half. Freshman guard A.J. Lawson scored back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 25-25.
North Texas kept battling but Louisiana Tech ended the half on a 8-5 run to lead by three at intermission.
North Texas returns to the Super Pit for a C-USA rematch against Charlotte on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hits
-Second career start for junior forward Shane Temara
-10th start for freshman guard A.J. Lawson
-Ninth start for sophomore guard Ja’Michael Brown
-Senior guard J-Mychal Reese made his team-leading 17th start
-Temara pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds (all on the defensive end)
-Reese dished out five assists
-Fourth straight game with 10 or more assists as a team