Mean Green Men Go Into Holiday Break With 81-77 Win
Voss, Alzee Williams, Chris Jones Lead Way To Victory Over WBU
DENTON, TX - Colin Voss recorded his second-straight double-double and Alzee Williams scored 18 points in the second half to lead North Texas to an 81-77 win over Wayland Baptist Saturday at the Super Pit.
Williams, who had just 24 points combined in the last three games, exploded for 24 points, matching his season high, and eight boards, matching his career high. Voss, meanwhile, had a career-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.
"Alzee did a good job, and Colin is starting to get into a rhythm," North Texas coach Tony Benford said.
But the tenacious Pioneers would not go away, remaining in striking distance the entire second half, and were within two at 68-66 with four minutes to play. North Texas, however, came up with key stops and clutch baskets in the final minutes, including two big field goals by Chris Jones to answer WBU challenges. Jones made his return to the lineup after missing two games due to a back strain by scoring 13 points and dishing five assists.
"Chris makes a big difference," Benford said. "He helps us initiate our offense, and we only had ten turnovers. When he's in there, the guys feed off his energy."
Wayland Baptist opened an eight-point first half lead on the strength of four three-point field goals and an early 7-4 advangtage in offensive rebounds. But North Texas closed the half with a 10-0 run, led by Chris Jones, who returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a back strain. Jones had five points in the run to give the Mean Green a 35-33 halftime lead.
North Texas kept the momentum into the second half. A thunderous dunk from Jordan Williams put the Mean Green up 42-37, and Alzee Williams had 11 points in the first six minutes of the half to send North Texas to a 54-47 lead.
• Colin Voss's season-high performance was a 13 point-point game against Central Arkansas, and he followed that up 12 points in the first half against Wayland Baptist on his way to a career-high 18-point game.
• Chris Jones saw his most extensive action since suffering a back strain on Dec. 3 against BYU. Jones missed the Central Arkansas game but came off the bench Saturday and scored five points in the first half. Jones finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
• North Texas made no three-point field goals Saturday, the first time this year they've failed to connect on a three. The Mean Green was 0-of-9 beyond the arc.
The Mean Green travel to College Station to face Texas A&M on Dec. 31 at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Network.