LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (1/4/07) Ten 3-pointers and 61 percent shooting from the floor were too much for the North Texas basketball team to overcome as UALR knocked off the Mean Green 86-75 at the Jack Stephens Center. The loss ends the winning streak for North Texas (11-4, 2-2) at four games.
“UALR played and exceptional game tonight and in a sense it was uncharacteristic for them,” said North Texas head coach Johnny Jones. “Defensively we played well early on but they made some tough shots and made the plays down the stretch and we just didn’t make enough of them”
The two teams went back and forth in the first 10 minutes of the game as senior Rich Young scored ten points early to give the Mean Green 16-15 lead.
The North Texas lead ballooned to five as Michael Sturns came off the bench for 13 points in the game to make it 38-33 with 2:30 remaining in the first half.
UALR (8-8, 3-2) however closed the first half with an 11-3 run to take a 44-41 lead at the break. The second half began with an 11-4 run by the Trojans to extend its lead to 55-45 with 15:09 left. Justin Howerton capped off an 8-0 run by North Texas with a lay-up to cut the Trojan lead to 55-53 with 12 minutes to play.
UALR continued to hold off North Texas throughout the second half however and iced the game for good on a 3-pointer by Lekheythan Malone to make it 80-70 with 90 seconds to play.
Four players scored in double figures for North Texas led by Calvin Watson who poured in 15 points including three 3-pointers. Watson has now hit a 3-pointer in 22 straight games and moved into third place all-time at North Texas with 162 for his career.
The Mean Green is back in action on Saturday afternoon with a visit to Arkansas State at 3 p.m.