DENTON (2/8/07) Bo McCalebb hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the New Orleans men’s basketball team a 64-62 victory against North Texas on Thursday night at the Super Pit.
New Orleans (11-13, 7-6) swept the series against the Mean Green this season and snapped a 10-game home winning streak in the Super Pit.
“Our guys played hard,” said head coach Johnny Jones. “We did not shoot the basketball as effectively as we have in the past. We kept fighting and put ourselves in position to win the game in the end. Credit New Orleans for knocking down a tough shot to win the game.”
McCalebb has proved to be a thorn in the Mean Green’s side this season. He scored 39 points in the last meeting between the two teams, which UNO won in double overtime. He led three UNO players tonight in double figures with 25.
After the Mean Green took its first lead of the second half with 12 seconds left in the game, it was McCaleb who tied the game for UNO with a free throw after Quincy Williams fouled out.
NT’s Ben Bell then raced down the court and was fouled going to the basket. He made one of two free throws to give the Mean Green its second lead, 62-61, with two seconds left. McCalebb shot the three with two Mean Green players in his face just as time was expiring.
The Mean Green trailed the entire second half until Kendrick Davis made back-to-back baskets in the last minute of the game to give North Texas a one-point lead, 61-60. The senior hit an off-balance baseline jumper with 12 seconds on the clock to give North Texas its first lead since the 6:11 mark in the first half.
Entering that final minute, Davis had only three points and was 1-for-8 from the field. He finished with seven points and two blocks. Keith Wooden and Williams both recorded double-doubles in the game, a first this season for the Mean Green.
Wooden recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He is only the other player besides Quincy Williams to post a double-double this season. Williams recorded his fifth career double-double with 10 rebounds and 16 points.
Wooden and Williams combined for 14-of-16 free throws in the game. As a team, the Mean Green shot 79 percent from the charity stripe.
The Mean Green struggled from three-point range, shooting 1-for-11. Calvin Watson hit the team’s only three at the start of the second half. North Texas shot 31.3 percent from the field in the second half, hitting 10 of 32 field goals.
UNO shot 53.3 percent from three-point range, hitting eight three-pointers in the game. McCaleb was three-for-three from behind the arc.
North Texas tied a school record with 11 blocked shots in the game. With his two blocked shots, Williams moves into No. 7 in career blocks with 51.
With his two blocks in the game, Rich Young became the first player in school history to record at least 40 assists, 25 blocks and 25 steals in a single season. The senior has recorded 47 assists, 26 blocks and 28 steals this season.
After the fourth tie of the game, UNO went on a 9-0 run to take a 32-23 lead towards the end of the first half. Wooden cut the lead to five at the half with two free throws, 34-29.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2:30 pm on the road against Louisiana Monroe.