Final Box: NT 71 UTSA 62
North Texas Season Stats
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Jordan Williams' mother, Angela, made him promise that his 1,000th career point would come on a dunk. Not only did the junior follow through on that request, he spurred a 71-62 come-from-behind win over in-state rival UTSA that upped the Mean Green's win streak to four games.
North Texas (15-13, 6-8 C-USA) trailed by eight points at the half, but turned key defensive stops into a 25-2 second-half edge in transition points to earn the win, and move into sole possession of ninth place in C-USA - the final spot that receives a bye in next month's league tournament.
"I'm really proud of these guys with the amount a resiliency they've shown," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "Through the ups and downs they stayed together and executed. Tonight we got stops on defense and turned them into points. When Jordan Williams and Chris Jones are playing well we are a pretty good team, and they were outstanding in the second half."
At the end of the first half, Williams had just two points and Jones was held without an assist, but both players flipped that trend in a big way in the second. Williams tallied 12 points, including a break-away dunk for his 1,000th point, and Jones tallied six historic dimes to help rally the Mean Green.
NT had the halftime deficit cut to just two points after just two minutes thanks steals-turned-layups on three straight possessions out of the break.
Brandan Walton had 13 points and a key second-half steal. T.J. Taylor also reached double figures with 10 points, six of which came in the game's final 7:06.
The Roadrunners (8-19, 4-10 C-USA) broke the game open on a 13-1 first-half run that had them ahead by as many as 10 points with a minute to play in the half. UTSA shot 48.1 percent in the opening frame and went into the break with a 32-24 lead.
Next up for North Texas
• NT wrapped up its three-game road swing at UTSA, and returns home to face UTEP on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Time Warner Cable's SportsChannel.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• Jordan Williams became the 21st North Texas player to reach 1,000th career points. The junior now ranks 20th in NT history with 1,010 points.
• Chris Jones tallied six assists - all in the second half - to move his season total to 116, which ties Josh White (2009-10) for 10 in NT single season history.
• Chris Jones now has 271 career assists, which passed Furmia Nealy (269 from 1979-83) for sixth in North Texas history.
• North Texas is 3-12 when trailing at the half this year, but overcame halftime deficits in each of its last two games.
• The Mean Green is now in sole possession of ninth place in C-USA with two regular season games remaining.
• Coming into Thursday's game, North Texas held a slim 10-9 edge in the all-time series with UTSA, although the Roadrunners led 6-3 in San Antonio.