Hoops Win Streak At Four After NT Runs Away From FIU In Miami
Mean Green Hoops Evens Record Thanks To Big Nights From Voss, Taylor, Williams
T.J. Taylor was North Texas' biggest offensive threat at FIU with a season-high 18 points.
MIAMI - With 6-11 shot-blocker extrordanaire Adrian Diaz roaming the paint for FIU, North Texas knew it needed a big game from forward Colin Voss and the Mean Green perimeter. NT got that and more in a 70-56 win at FIU Arena that will send the Mean Green back to Denton on a season-high four-game win streak.
Voss pulled down a career and team-season high 13 rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists - with no turnovers - to negate the imposing Diaz, who sent back six North Texas shots but found himself in foul trouble for much of the evening. What's more, Voss' shooting range pulled the FIU defense out of the paint for the rest of the Mean Green to go to work.
T.J. Taylor's left hand did the most damage against FIU, which was held without a field goal for more than six minutes midway through the second half. The senior racked up a season-high 18 points, and ran the Mean Green offense that turned the ball over a season-low seven times.
"This was just a total team effort, and I couldn't be happier with the way we are playing down the stretch right now," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "Diaz is an outstanding player, but I think our guys did a great job of frustrating him and finding ways to score the basketball."
The 14-point victory over FIU is NT's largest in conference play this year, and its biggest overall since taking down Mississippi Valley State, 67-52, in November.
The Mean Green took Florida Atlantic on Thurday and FIU on Saturday to give NT the C-USA Florida sweep for the second year in a row.
North Texas pulled down 19 offensive rebounds, which is the most by NT since tallying 20 against Nicholls State in November.
Colin Voss was 2-of-2 from the line and has now made 17 straight free throws.
NT now leads the series with FIU 14-4, including a 7-2 edge in Miami.
Saturday's win at FIU was just NT's third road win of the year, but its second in a row. NT is 3-8 away from the Super Pit this season.
Jordan Williams started his 90th career game and scored 16 points to move his career total to 1,451 points, which ranks ninth in NT history.
North Texas returns to Denton for its final home stand of the season, which begins on Thursday, Feb. 26 against Chartlotte at 7 p.m. The game will be the final home radio call for Mean Green broadcasting legend George Dunham.