Long-Distance Shooting Barrage Carries UNT To Rout Of UTSA
Draper Sinks Six From Beyond The Arc
DENTON - Redshirt sophomore DJ Draper made 6-of-7 shots from beyond the arc and sophomore Roosevelt Smart extended his single-season program record for made 3-pointers with four makes to lead an outside shooting barrage en route to an 80-62 win over UTSA at The Super Pit.
UNT, which snapped a five-game skid in which they lost by an average of just five points per game, used a 9-0 run late in the first half to build a 10-point cushion with the help of two 3-pointers from DJ Draper.
And that wasn't even the big run for UNT on the night.
In the second half, the Mean Green went on a 16-0 run over more than four minutes with the help of four consecutive 3-pointers from Smart to give his team a 51-30 lead.
"I thought DJ was huge, and all of his 3s early in the game really broke it open," UNT coach Grant McCasland said. "Rose was trying to be aggressive and maybe put himself in some tough situations early and caused our offense to stall. Then, Rose settled in and let the offense come to him, and that's when the game really broke open."
"This matchup was good for us for [Temara]," McCasland said of his 6-foot-9 senior. "They guard ball screens in a way Shane cane get open for pick-and-pop 3s. We have one more game, and then you win and keep playing or you lose and the season's over. You have to be ready when your number is called and Shane was ready tonight. I was proud of his effort."
UTSA (17-13, 10-7) played its first full game since star freshman Jhivvan Jackson, a Euless Trinity graduate who is the fifth leading scorer among freshmen in the country, suffered a season-ending injury in the Roadrunners' win over Louisiana Tech last week.
"Let's give them credit for playing without their leading scorer, and you could tell they were trying to get in a rhythm," McCasland said. "We were physical on drives and made it tough for them to get open looks."
UNT (15-15, 8-9) shot 50 percent from beyond the arc in the game, shooting 12 of 24 from distance, and led the game for all but one minute, 16 seconds early in the game.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, when the Mean Green host UTEP for a 5 p.m. tip.
- Ryan Woolridge's game-high five assists on the night put him within five of tying for second place on the all-time single-season assists list. With six more assists, he'll pass Pat Hicks with 172 (1982-83).
- The Mean Green made 12 3-pointers on the night to give them 242 makes from beyond the arc on the season. The school record is 250, and UNT still has one regular-season game left to play, along with at least one game in the C-USA tournament.
- North Texas now leads the all-time series between the teams 15-10, and UTSA head coach Steven Henson is now 0-4 against the Mean Green.
- Roosevelt Smart's four made 3-pointers on the night give him 108 on the season and extend his school record for single-season made 3-pointers.
- DJ Draper went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc, scoring all 18 of his points from long distance. The six makes from outside tied a career high for the redshirt sophomore.
- North Texas had the largest Conference win since 2013
- UNT held UTSA to 62 points - 17.4 points below its season average.