Men's Basketball Wins Season Opener
Mean Green Defeats Arkansas-Monticello, 84-62
Greg White-Pittman earned the start in his collegiate debut and tallied 10 points.
DENTON - A combination of experienced veterans and talented newcomers led the North Texas men's basketball team to an 84-62 season-opening victory against Arkansas-Monticello on Friday night at the Super Pit.
Behind 53 percent shooting in the first half, North Texas jumped out to a 12-point lead at the break. A 12-4 run midway through the second half extended its lead to 20 points and sealed the win.
"We are really proud of the guys," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "I'm proud of Jordan Williams, who had nine assists. We still had too many turnovers. The freshmen did a good job, White-Pittman and Combs are really going to help us this season."
Freshman Jeremy Combs started his North Texas career by leading all scorers with 17 points. He was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine rebounds, which tied a team high. The freshman was active all over the court, pulling down defensive rebounds on one end and finishing fast breaks on the other side.
Senior Jordan Williams had an all-around performance, scoring 12 points and dishing out a career-high nine assists.
In its first game, the Mean Green held the advantage in all statistical categories, except free-throw shooting and turnovers. North Texas scored 13 points from the free-throw line but shot just 54 percent. North Texas also recorded 17 turnovers, while causing 14.
"Overall, a good team effort," said Benford. "We had a good zone. I think we are going to have a good zone defense. We have to continue to rebound the basketball.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas hosts Nicholls State on Monday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Super Pit.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
North Texas had six players in double figure scoring for the first time since Feb. 19, 2009 against ULM.
Carrington Ward, Todd Eaglin and Muhammed Ahmed came off the bench to register minutes for the first time in a Mean Green uniform. All three scored points in the game, including Ahmed who chipped in 10 points
Jordan Williams dished out a career-high nine assists in the game, including five in the first half. He never had more than two assists in a single game last year.
All active nine players saw action.
All five starters finished in double-digit scoring.
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