North Texas Set For Road Showdown At Louisiana Tech
Mean Green Face Red-Hot Bulldogs On Jan. 21
|North Texas men's basketball at Louisiana Tech|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Jan. 21 | 6:00 p.m.|
|Location||Ruston, LA | Reed Green Coliseum (8,000)|
|Stream||Conference USA TV ($)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | LA Tech|
DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball team is hoping to end a seven-game losing streak when they tipoff against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. inside Thomas Assembly Center.
The Mean Green (6-12, 0-6) are still looking for their first Conference USA victory after a 10-point loss at Southern Miss on Jan. 19. The Golden Eagles built a 21-point lead before North Texas made a late comeback only to fall 75-65. Graduate student Derail Green scored a season-high 17 points off five three-pointers and freshman guard Ryan Woolridge added 15 points off the bench. Classmate A.J. Lawson scored in double figures for the 10th time this season with 14 points.
North Texas struggled from the free throw line finishing 10-for-24 (41.7 percent) and allowed Quinton Campbell to score a career-high 26 points.
Junior Jeremy Combs was held to just three points against Southern Miss and senior guard J-Mychal Reese only scored three in the loss. Combs leads the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game and Reese leads the team in assists at 3.5 per game (61 total). Senior guard Deckie Johnson returned from a three-game absence and scored six points against Southern Miss. Johnson is averaging 9.3 points per game in 13 games played.
About the Opponent: LA Tech
• This will be the 30th meeting between the two teams. LA Tech leads the all-time series with a 20-9 record. The Mean Green are 1-13 in games played in Ruston.
• In the last meeting, North Texas played a tight overtime contest falling 73-62 after being outscored 14-3 in overtime. The Mean Green earned 53 points from Deckie Johnson (20), J-Mychal Reese (18) and Jeremy Combs (15). Combs grabbed 18 rebounds in the loss and Ja’Michael Brown dished out seven assists.
• LA Tech is one of the hottest teams in the Conference USA with a 13-6, 5-1 record in league play. The Bulldogs have won three-straight games and are 6-1 in their last seven.
• Senior forward Erik McCree has started all 19 games and leads the team in scoring (17.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.5 per game). Jacobi Boykins is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game and leads the team with 56 three-pointers.
• The Bulldogs have three talented newcomers in Jalen Harris (10.8 points per game), Omar Sherman (9.7 points per game) and DaQuan Bracey (8.7 points per game). Bracey leads the team in assists with 107 and has just committed 31 turnovers.
• LA Tech leads the C-USA in scoring defense only allowing 61.3 points per game.