Mean Green Drop Game One Of CBI Finals At San Francisco
Zachary Simmons Grabs CBI Tournament Record 22 Rebounds
SAN FRANCISCO - Despite a CBI record of 22 rebounds for freshman Zachary Simmons, North Texas second-half rally fell short in game one of the CBI finals at San Francisco 72-62 Monday night at the Sobrato Center.
The Mean Green (18-18) saw their three-game winning streak fall and score less than 90 points for the first time in three games. North Texas made a late run in the second half to get within single digits but a 16-point first half lead proved to be too much.
Simmons earned his first career double-double with 10 points and a CBI tournament record 22 rebounds. His 22 rebounds is a career-high and is tied for fifth-most in North Texas school history for a single game.
Sophomore Roosevelt Smart led the team with 15 points and hit three three-pointers. As a team, the Mean Green struggling from downtown only hitting 4-for-21. Ryan Woolridge added 12 points and three assists to tie the school record for most assists in a single-season.
North Texas held San Francisco to 2-for-15 shooting in the second half from the three-point line. The Mean Green scored 42 points in the paint but couldn't get enough three-pointers to fall.
With eight minutes left, junior Jorden Duffy went on a 5-0 by himself to get North Texas within nine points at 58-49. The Dons received a clutch three-pointer by Nate Renfro to push the lead back to 12 points.
The Mean Green had cut the lead to eight points three times in the final four minutes but San Francisco was able to hit timely shots to secure the game one victory.
In the first half, San Francisco couldn't miss going 12-for-18 from the three-point line to take a 46-30 halftime lead over North Texas. Sophomore Roosevelt Smart led the Mean Green with 10 points off two three-pointers. Ryan Woolridge and Michael Miller added eight points apiece.
North Texas took a 5-2 lead off a jumper by Miller with 17:29 remaining in the half. The Dons went on a 19-2 run to pull ahead 21-7 off multiple three-pointers.
The Mean Green got within 13 points at 37-24 off a Smart three-pointer at the 4:10 mark. USF would answer with two three-pointers by Jordan Ratinho.
Woolridge hit two free throws to cut USF's lead to 46-30 at halftime.
North Texas will return home to face San Francisco for game two of the CBI championship series on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN U.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
Woolridge now has 208 assists on the season, tied for the school-record for most in a single-season
North Texas has now scored 2,671 total points on the season, which is a school record
Smart has scored in double-figures in eight-straight games
Smart hit three three-pointers to give him 18 in four CBI games, setting a new tournament record