High-Low Combo Of Voss, Combs Shoots NT To FAU Road Win
NT Shoots Season High 63.3 Percent, Voss Posts Career-High 22 Points In Key Victory
Colin Voss posted a career-high 22 points in the 79-72 win over Florida Atlantic on Thursday.
BOCA RATON, Fla. - When the high-low combo of Colin Voss and Jeremy Combs is cooking the Mean Green is a tough team to beat. That senior-to-freshman duo hit 14 of its 21 shots to lead the Mean Green to a 79-72 win over Florida Atlantic on Thursday - the squad's third straight victory.
Voss didn't miss a shot until the second half, and finished with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting, the bulk of which came on mid-range jumpers that sucked the Owls defense to the perimeter. Combs hapily took up that empty space, and scored 16 points doing the dirty work on the boards.
"Honestly, I don't think they could have played better," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford of his forwards. "Voss turns our entire team into a matchup nightmare when his shots are falling, and tonight he couldn't miss."
Spurred by the paint play, North Texas shot a season-high 63.3 percent from the floor, and turned the ball over just nine times - tied for the fewest by the Mean Green this year.
The Owls were by no means a pushover down the stretch. Marquan Botley, a Plano native, cut the Mean Green lead to six points with a circus 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining, and Javier Lacunza made it a four-point game with 20.6 to play with another deep three. On both occasions, the Mean Green made the free throws on the other end to preserve the victory.
It was tough to be more efficient than Voss in the first half. The senior hit all three long-range jumpers he took, and knocked down all six of his free throw attempts to go into the break with 12 points. DeAndre Harris looked to be boxed in on the left baseline, but somehow hit a leaning floater with 7-seconds remaining to give the Mean Green a 38-31 lead at the half.
Harris finished with a hard-earned 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
• Colin Voss was 8-of-8 from the free throw line against FAU, and has now made 15 straight overall.
• North Texas has now won the previous four meetings with FAU, and leads the overall series 9-3.
• Jordan Williams came into Thursday's game averaging 15.7 career points per game against the Owls, but scored just nine points - his lowest tally against a C-USA squad this year.
• NT has won three straight games for just the second time this year and for the first time since the opening three games of the year.
• The win was just NT's second road victory of the season. NT is now 2-8 away from the Super Pit.
• Tony Benford picked up his 40th career win in 89 career games at North Texas. Only three coaches after World War II won 40 games at NT faster - Blakeley, Jankovich and Gales.
• Jordan Williams ranks ninth in NT history with 1,435 points.
North Texas stays in the Sunshine State for a showdown with FIU in Miami on Saturday at 5 p.m. Central.