Mean Green Look For Road Sweep At FIU Saturday

Feb. 10, 2017

North Texas men's basketball at FIU
Date | Time  Saturday, Feb. 11 | 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Location   Boca Raton, FL | Lime Court FIU Arena (5,000)
Live Stats   FIUsports.com
Stream  Conference USA TV ($)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | FIU

DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball team continues its road swing in Florida as they face FIU on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Lime Court FIU arena.

The Mean Green (7-16, 1-10) broke through with a 70-64 road victory against Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Feb. 9. North Texas snapped an 11-game losing streak and earned its first Conference USA win of the season. With seven C-USA games remaining, North Texas is three games behind 12th seed Southern Miss (4-8) and 11th seed FAU (4-7).

In the game against the Owls, senior guard J-Mychal Reese led the way with 21 points, including 14 in the second half. With the game on the line, Reese finished with 12 points (4-for-5) and two clutch three-pointers in the final six minutes. The Mean Green also was a stellar 10-for-11 from the free throw line and went 4-of-4 in the final minute to seal the win. Junior forward Shane Temara scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

North Texas starters scored 61 of the 70 points against FAU with freshmen guard Ryan Woolridge (six points) and A.J. Lawson (10 points) scoring 16 combined.

Lawson leads North Texas in scoring at 11 points per game and is the top scoring freshman in the C-USA (254 points). Senior guard J-Mychal Reese is second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game and leads the team in assists (3.4 per game). Woolridge is fourth in scoring at 8.7 points per game in 14 games played. Woolridge grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and dished out four assists at FAU.

North Texas have hit 13 3-pointers in the first two games towards the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-point challenge. The Mean Green are taking donations for every 3-point shot the team makes during the 3-point challenge campaign, Feb. 1 – March 5.

The campaign is fun and easy to get involved in. Just go to pledgeit.org/cvc-north-texas and make your pledge today. Help our school become a 3-point challenge champion over other rival schools and help save lives from cancer at the same time by raising donations for 3-pointers during games. Go to 3pointchallenge.org to find out where North Texas ranks nationally.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program makes it fun and easy to get and stay involved. All proceeds help the American Cancer Society save lives and celebrate life. Every single day. For additional information contact brandy.ammons@cancer.org.

About the Opponent: FIU

• This will be the 20th meeting between the two teams. North Texas leads the all-time series with a 15-4 record, including a 7-2 record on the road. The Mean Green have won four-straight meetings against the Panthers and are 7-1 in the last eight meetings.

• In the last meeting, North Texas rallied in the second half down 12 points to win 77-75 off a career-high 32 points from Deckie Johnson. Jeremy Combs had 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. J-Mychal Reese added 16 points and four assists.

• In the previous meeting in Miami, North Texas defeated FIU 70-56 and had three players finish in double-figures. T.J. Taylor had 18 points, Jordan Williams finished with 16 points and Jeremy Combs added 10 points.

• The Panthers are 5-19 overall and just 1-10 in Conference USA games. FIU defeated UAB at home on Jan. 21, 94-85. They lost a tough double-overtime game at UTEP on Jan. 12, 88- 87.

• Donte McGill leads the team in scoring at 19.2 points per game. McGill leads the C-USA in free throw shooting at 92.2 percent (83-for-90). Graduate transfer Michael Kessens is second in scoring at 13.3 points per game and has pulled down a team-best 9.3 rebounds per game.

• FIU is on a four-game losing streak and is only 1-5 at home during Conference USA action.

The Last Meeting
Florida International75
North Texas77
February 18, 2016
The Super Pit
Deckie Takes Over: North Texas Rallies For 77-75 Triumph
Deckie Johnson rattled off four three-pointers in the final eight minutes to get North Texas within two, then sank a 25-foot three with 19.5 seconds to play, capping his remarkable rally in a 77-75 Mean Green victory Thursday night.


 

 

North Texas Mean Green