Men's Basketball Bounces Back With Win Against UTSA

Feb. 18, 2017

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DENTON -- After falling in overtime on Thursday, the North Texas men's basketball team bounced back with an 83-73 win against UTSA on Saturday afternoon in the Super Pit.

The Mean Green won their second Conference USA game of the season and secured their first victory at home since December.

North Texas had one of its best shooting performances of the season, hitting over 50 percent from the field and 3-point range. The Mean Green built up a double-digit lead early in the second half and was able to sustain that advantage until the buzzer.

"I thought we put together a solid 40 minutes of basketball," North Texas head coach Tony Benford said. "We had stops when we needed them. I thought we did a good job on Jeff Beverly. He had three points."

The defense held Beverly, one of the conference's top scorers to a season low in points.

The Mean Green took advantage of their height with Shane Temara scoring a career-high 19 points and Rickey Brice Jr. contributing important minutes off the bench. Brice scored eight points in eight minutes of action.

"Shane is a tough match-up," Benford said. "He is playing with a lot of confidence."

J-Mychael Reese rebounded from a six-point performance against UTEP to score 19 today.

"Reese stepped up today," Benford said. "He played like a senior."

North Texas built on its five-point halftime lead, using a 9-0 run to take a 49-36 advantage early in the second half. Derail Green and Ja'Michael Brown both hit 3-pointers in the spread.

The Mean Green increased that lead to as many as 18 points, 65-47, with 6:39 on the clock. UTSA cut the lead to nine points three times, but North Texas had an answer each time.

The Mean Green's success from behind the arc on Thursday rolled over to Saturday. North Texas poured in nine 3-pointers against the Roadrunners. Green's hot hand continued with three 3-pointers for nine points, while Temara added three as well.

North Texas was also successful from the line, going 18-for-25, including an 8-for-8 performance from Reese.

"We let one get away the other night and we didn't let this one," Benford said.

Up Next

• The Mean Green continue their homestand next week with games against Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.

Mean Green Quick Hitters

• North Texas made 9-of-17 three-pointers, good for a .529 percentage, which is third highest this season.

• North Texas posted a 53.8 field-goal percentage, the highest percentage since the opening game (.540).

• After setting a career high last game with nine assists, Ryan Woolridge set another personal best with eight steals, one shy of tying a single-game record.

J-Mychal Reese returned to double-figures with 19 points after recording just six last game against UTEP.

Derail Green hit three 3-pointers today and has made 10 in the last two games. That is the most he has made in a two-game stretch this season.

Shane Temara scored in double-figures for the second straight game and the eighth game this season. He has started the last nine games.

• The 2006-07 North Texas men's basketball team was honored at halftime of today's game. It has been 10 years since that team won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.



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