Jaguars Wear Down Mean Green In 69-57 Win
MOBILE, Ala. - Four players scored in double figures to fuel South Alabama (16-10, 13-5) to a 69-57 over North Texas at the Mitchell Center. Led by Mychal Ammons who had 18 points, the Jaguars led wire-to-wire as they ended the Mean Green's two-game winning streak.
Tony Mitchell had his eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but North Texas (11-19, 6-13) was held to just 33 percent shooting and hit just one 3-pointer on the night.
"Give them credit, it was senior night and they took care of business. Early on I thought we were stagnant offensively and we got behind and just couldn't get a groove," said head coach Tony Benford. "We just didn't do a good job of keeping them off the boards either and didn't make a run when we needed to tonight."
South Alabama broke open a close game in the first half with a 10-2 run to take a 22-13 lead with 9:28 left. The lead was at 11 points for USA with two minutes left in the half when North Texas trimmed the advantage down to six points at the break at 30-24.
In the second half South Alabama opened up an 11-point edge two minutes in, going on a 7-2 to make it 37-26. The Jaguars never let the Mean Green get any closer than eight points in the second half as they put the game away for good on a 3-pointer from Antoine Allen with 6:15 left in the game to make it 61-43.
Allen finished with 12 points, while Javier Carter had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Wendell Wright had 10 points off the bench for the Jaguars.
Chris Jones made his return to the North Texas lineup, playing in his first game since December 29, played 20 minutes and dished out six assists. Alzee Williams led North Texas with 15 points on the night.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday for senior night at the Super Pit. The Mean Green host Arkansas State at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale.