North Texas Falls To Hot Shooting Of Southern Illinois
Mean Green Drops Sixth Straight With 95-63 Defeat
Junior Carrington Ward scored eight points in the loss against SIU (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON -- North Texas lost its sixth straight game of the season, falling to the Salukis of Southern Illinois by a score of 95-63 on Saturday afternoon at the Super Pit. Senior guard Anthony Beane led all scorers with 25 points, and the Salukis (8-1) shot a blistering 67.9 percent from the floor and 10-of-15 from 3-point range in the win.
"It's really tough to match up with him," said head coach Tony Benford of Beane. "He can go off the bounce, he can shoot the 3, he's one of the better guards that we will play all year. I knew it would be tough. We tried to put different people on him, tried to zone, tried to no-catch him, but I give him credit.
"When a team shoots 68 percent on you, you have to get defensive stops, and we didn't get our stops tonight. And then offensively, our execution wasn't very good. That's my fault. I have to make sure that we're executing offensively. We have to spend more time on our offense. And If you don't get defensive stops, it's going to be tough to generate easy baskets and get out in transition."
For North Texas (2-6), junior guard J-Mychal Reese led the way with 10 points, his sixth straight game in double figures and his seventh game in double figures this season. Junior guard Carrington Ward, making his first start of the season, and fellow junior guard Deckie Johnson added eight points each.
North Texas scored the first basket of the game, a lay-up by Reese, but from there, it was all Southern Illinois. The Mean Green shot 47.2 percent from the floor, but they were just 2-of-18 from 3-point range and 13-of-22 from the free-throw line. They also dished out just six assists on 24 made field goals and committed 16 turnovers.
After the first made basket of the game, the Salukis quickly answered with a 9-0 run to take a 9-2 lead with 17:26 left in the first half. And every time North Texas strung together back-to-back scores and looked to cut into the lead, Southern Illinois had an answer. They went on a 7-0 run to lead 26-14 with 7:15 left and then a 6-0 run to take a 40-23 lead into halftime.
Southern Illinois shot a blistering 68 percent (15-of-22) from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Senior guard Anthony Beane led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range.
The Salukis scored the first basket of the second half to go ahead by 19, and North Texas was unable to put a run together and get the lead back under 18. Trailing 73-47, North Texas went on a 7-0 run to get the lead back to 19, but that was as close as the Mean Green would get the rest of the way.
"We're trying to figure it out," said Benford of the six straight losses. "It's tough when you're in a skid like this. I have never been a part of a skid like this in my career, either as a player or an assistant. We have to figure it out. The only thing I know to do is to watch tape, continue to come to practice and work hard and improve the things that we're not doing well right now."
- Eric Katenda made his first career start, while Carrington Ward made his first start of the season, the second of his career
- Jeremy Combs, Deckie Johnson and J-Mychal Reese have started all eight games this season
- J-Mychal Reese scored in double figures for the seventh time in eight games this season, while Deckie Johnson was held to single figures for just the second time in eight games this season
- Todd Eaglin tied his season high with two points, making his second field goal of the season
- Southern Illinois senior guard Anthony Beane finished with 27 points, the most by a North Texas opponent this season
- Southern Illinois' shooting percentage (67.9) was the third-highest in school history
- North Texas is 0-6 when opponents shoot 40 percent or better from the field this season
- North Texas is 0-6 when scoring 70 points or fewer this season
- The 32-point margin of defeat was the largest of the season, and the 33-point deficit faced late in the second was also the largest that North Texas has faced this season
- North Texas has lost six in a row for the first time since the 2002-03 season
North Texas completes a home-and-home with Southern Illinois, traveling to Carbondale, Illinois, next Saturday with a tip-off scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.