ODU Uses 3-Pointers To Down Men's Basketball
Mean Green Loses Fifth Straight, 72-62
DENTON, Texas -- Old Dominion shot 57 percent from 3-point range to overtake the North Texas men's basketball team, 72-62, on Thursday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green lost its fifth straight game, falling to 11-13 overall and 2-8 in the conference. Old Dominion improves to 12-13 and 6-4 in Conference USA.
"I don't think we did a good job of getting to their 3-point shooters, especially late," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "If you don't get to the open shooters against a team like this, they will make you pay. We didn't execute down the stretch, and I give ODU credit for taking advantage."
The Monarchs were 11-for-19 from 3-point range in the game. The 57 percent shooting from the visitors was the highest 3-point percentage allowed by the Mean Green all season.
The Mean Green overcame a halftime deficit and took several leads in the second period, but ODU always responded with a run and a 3-pointer to retake the advantage and stay ahead.
The Monarchs took their largest lead of the game at the time, 41-34, off back-to-back 3-pointers at 16:46 in the second half. ODU hit five 3-pointers in the first half and made two more in the opening four minutes of the second period to hold off the Mean Green.
North Texas responded with nine quick points to take its first lead of the second half, 43-41, at 12:49. Maurice Aniefiok scored five points in the run. While the North Texas defense held ODU scoreless for four minutes, the Mean Green extended its lead to five points, 50-45.
Ambrose Mosley responded with three 3-pointers in a span of 45 seconds to help ODU retake a three-point lead, 54-51 at 6:03. Mosley scored 21 points off the bench.
Aniefiok hit his second 3-pointer of the game at 5:23 to cut the Mean Green lead to two points. It would be the last field goal that North Texas would make in the game. The Monarchs finished the game on a 16-8 run to seal the win.
ODU shot 44 percent from the field, while holding the Mean Green to 32 percent field-goal shooting. North Texas scored 26 points from the free-throw line off 81 percent shooting. The 26 points was the second-most free-throws by the Mean Green this season.
The Monarchs hit three of their first four 3-pointers to jump out to a 23-19 advantage in the first half. ODU finished with five 3-pointers in the first stanza, including three by Aaron Bacote.
Vertrail Vaughns led the Mean Green on a 10-2 run towards the end of the first half. He hit NT's second 3-pointer to tie the game at 25, and then Chris Jones gave the Mean Green the lead with a fast-break layup off a steal at 5:02. Two made free-throws by Vaughns extended NT's lead to four points, 29-25, capping the run. Vaughns scored seven of NT's 10 points in the run.
ODU responded with the next 10 points to retake the lead, 35-29 and entered the half ahead, 35-32.
Next up for North Texas
• North Texas continues its homestand with a Saturday night game against East Carolina on Feb. 15
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• Old Dominion wins the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
• North Texas forced 10 ODU turnovers in the first half, leading to 10 Mean Green points.
• North Texas shot only 34 percent in the first half but scored 10 points off 10 ODU turnovers. The Mean Green also scored 10 points from the free-throw line.
• Jordan Williams scored the opening points of the first half and the second half.
• ODU started its scoring in the first half with a 3-pointer and then opened its scoring the second half with a 3-pointer. The Monarchs hit 11 3-pointers in the game at a 57 percent mark.
• Maurice Aniefiokcame off the bench to score 10 points, including two 3-pointers. All 10 points were scored in the second half.
• North Texas has given up 10-plus 3-pointers in each of the last two games. It is only the third time that North Texas has given up 10-plus 3-pointers in a single-game this season.
• North Texas scored 26 points from the free-throw line. The 26 points is the most the Mean Green has scored from the free-throw line since scoring 39 against Nicholls on Nov. 14.