J. Williams Records First Career Double-Double In Hoops Win
Mean Green Defeats Southeastern Louisiana, 75-61
DENTON, Texas - Junior Jordan Williams recorded his first career double-double to lead the North Texas men's basketball team to a 75-61 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green won its third straight game as the squad improves its overall record to 5-3 and 4-0 at the Super Pit.
"I thought our guys came out tonight with the right mindset," said North Texas head coach Tony Benford. "They played with a lot of energy and passion early and played hard. I thought we did a great job defensively in the first half. I thought offensively we executed and took good shots."
In his third year at North Texas, Jordan Williams has come close numerous times in his career to recording a double-double. He was one point shy of a double-double in the opening game this season and then was two rebounds shy last game.
With his 10th rebound coming near the end of the game tonight, Jordan Williams finally hit double-digit scoring and rebounding for the first time in his career. He was 4-for-10 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, finishing with 15 points.
Behind 50 percent shooting, the Mean Green quickly built a 10-point lead in the first half. Alzee Williams had 11 points in the first period, including five points from the free-throw line.
North Texas scored 22 points from foul line in the game after recording 25 last game against Incarnate Word.
"We talk about getting paint touches," said Benford. "That's putting pressure on the defense and getting the ball in the paint off a bounce or a pass. We did a great job of that. Alzee is great in transition. We want to try and make 22 free throws a game. Today we met that goal. We want to play inside-outside."
On the defensive side, North Texas held the Lions to just seven field goals and entered half ahead, 41-27.
North Texas kept a 10-digit lead throughout the second half. The Lions cut the lead to 12 points, 60-48, at 10:11, but Coleman hit two straight baskets, including a dunk, to keep the Mean Green ahead by double-digits.
After leading by more than 18 points, North Texas went four minutes without scoring to allow the Lions to cut the lead to 71-60 with 1:43 left in the game. The Mean Green scored four of the final five points to seal the win.
Scoring depth has continued to be an asset for the Mean Green this season. All nine active players scored at least two points in tonight's game. The Mean Green held the edge in rebounds, 45-37, and all nine players pulled down at least one rebound.
Colin Voss led the Mean Green in rebounding with 12 boards, a season high for him.
Next up for North Texas
North Texas takes to the road when it faces BYU on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
This is the third straight win for the Mean Green. North Texas posted five wins in the month of November; only the third 5-win November in program history.
This is the second straight game that North Texas has not only led at the half but led at the half by at least 10 points.
For the second consecutive game, North Texas tied a season high by shooting 50 percent at the half. The Mean Green went 15-for-30 in the first period.
North Texas continued to be successful and score double-digit points from the free-throw line. The Mean Green went 22-for-32 from the charity stripe tonight after scoring 25 points last game.
For the fifth straight game, North Texas has recorded at least four blocks. The Mean Green recorded five blocks tonight.
The North Texas starters vs. SELA (Vaughns, Coleman, Jones, Williams, Voss) have only been featured twice this season. There have been six different starting lineups in seven games this season.
All nine active players scored in this game; the second straight game that this has occurred. All nine players tonight also pulled down at least one rebound.
Alzee Williams led the Mean Green at the half with 11 points. He finished with 18 points, his eighth straight game in double-figures. He has scored in double-figures in all eight games this season; the only Mean Green player to do this.
Jordan Williams recorded his second consecutive game in double figures with xx points. He also recorded his first career double-double.
Keith Coleman scored 10 points, his second game this season in double-figures. He last scored in double figures against Oklahoma, the second game of the season.
Colin Voss led the Mean Green with 12 rebounds, setting a season high. He also became the fifth different Mean Green player to record 10-plus rebounds in a single game this season.
Chris Jones finished with 14 points, his fourth game in double figures this season.