Mean Green Host UTSA On ESPN3 Saturday

Feb. 17, 2017

North Texas men's basketball vs. UTSA
Date | Time  Saturday, Feb. 18 | 3 p.m.
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
Live Stats   MeangreenStats.com
Stream  ESPN3 - Hank Dickenson (PXP)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | UTSA

DENTON – The North Texas men’s basketball team welcomes Texas San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.

The Mean Green will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 men’s basketball team, which captured the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and earned an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. The team will be honored at halftime.

The 2006-07 Mean Green championship squad set a then-school record with 23 victories, winning the 2007 Sun Belt Tournament to punch its ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Calvin Watson was named the Sun Belt Tournament MVP and Ben Bell was named to the all-tournament team. This year, Watson was named to the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Mean Green (7-18, 1-12 C-USA) are coming off a heartbreaking loss at home against UTEP 77-71 in overtime on Thursday, Feb. 16. North Texas had a couple of chances to earn the win but just couldn’t convert in the end. Graduate transfer Derail Green scored a career-high 21 points off seven three-pointers, one off the school record. Freshman Ryan Woolridge was one assist shy of a triple-double (15 points, career-high 11 rebounds, and career-high nine assists). Woolridge would have earned the first triple-double since Jesse Ratliff in 1993.

Five games remain in the C-USA season with three games coming at the Super Pit. North Texas (1-12) sits in 14th place but is three games back of 12 seed Florida Atlantic (4-9).

Freshman guard A.J. Lawson leads the team and C-USA freshmen in scoring at 11.2 points per game. Senior guard J-Mychal Reese sits second in scoring at 10.2 points per game and leads the team in assists at 3.4 per game (81 total). Woolridge is fourth in scoring at 9.9 points per game in 16 games played.

North Texas has been banged up from injuries this season ranking fifth in the nation with 79 total games missed from scholarship players.

The Mean Green have hit 27 three-pointers during the first four games of the 3-point challenge. We are bringing back the 3-Point Challenge and we are hoping you will join this exciting initiative and pledge your donations for every 3-Point shot our team makes during the 3-Point Challenge campaign, running 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: UTSA

• This will be the 24th meeting between the two teams. North Texas leads the all-time series with a 12-11 record, and is 6-4 in Denton.

• In the last meeting, North Texas trailed by 15 at halftime before a huge second half comeback led to a 70-66 road win at UTSA on Jan. 1, 2016. Ja’Michael Brown had a career-high 21 points and Deckie Johnson added 18.

• In the previous meeting at the Super Pit, UTSA outscored North Texas 42-29 in the second half to earn a 71-61 victory on Jan. 4, 2015. Jordan Williams finished with 17 points and Muhammed Ahmed had 14.

• The Roadrunners enter with an 11-15 overall record and are 6-7 in Conference USA games. UTSA has lost six of its last eight games and is 1-13 on the road.

• Forward Jeff Beverly leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game and is second in rebounding at 6.2 boards per game. Freshman Byron Frohnen leads the team in rebounding at 6.8 per game.

• UTSA is coming off a 80-68 road loss at Rice. Jeff Beverly scored 20 points and went 4-for-6 from the free throw line. He has been to the free throw line 146 times (111-for-146) hitting 76 percent.


The Last Meeting
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UTSA66
January 1, 2016
San Antonio, TX
North Texas Storms Back With Road Win At UTSA, 70-66
Trailing by 15 points at the half, North Texas men's basketball rallied for a 70-66 comeback win on the road at UTSA Friday night on the American Sports Network in the Conference USA season opener.


 

 

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