DENTON (2/17/07) Calvin Watson became North Texas’ all-time 3-point king on Saturday, lifting the Mean Green basketball team to a 74-69 win over UALR at The Super Pit.
The senior nailed his 190th career 3-pointer, passing Chris Davis for North Texas’ all-time lead. Watson now has 72 from downtown this year, which ranks third on the single season list.
“Calvin has been a great player since he has been here and I am proud that he could get that record,” said Johnny Jones. “He is one of the best shooters to ever wear a North Texas uniform.”
While Watson’s three’s were the icing on the cake, the battle in the paint won the game for the Mean Green (18-9, 9-7). Forward Quincy Williams and center Keith Wooden took turns sparring with UALR (12-15, 7-9) center Rashad Jones-Jennings in a slugfest in the low block.
The Trojan forward, who leads the nation in rebounding, racked up 22 points and 15 rebounds for his 28th career double-double.
However, Williams and Wooden were up to the task, as Williams recorded his sixth career double-double by halftime. The junior ranks sixth in school history with 57 career blocks, and finished the night with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Wooden nearly put up his second double-double of the season with a 15 point, nine rebound night. Also a junior, Wooden ranks fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in field goal percentage.
The Mean Green trailed 39-34 at the half, but clawed its way back into the game only minutes into the second frame on the back of Watson three-pointers and gritty play from guard Michael Sturns.
Sturns, the Sun Belt’s top bench scorer, gave the Mean Green an 18-7 edge in bench scoring with his nine points against the Trojans.
Mean Green point guard Ben Bell rounded out the evening with his seventh double digit scoring game, and his second in a row. The junior had 10 points to go with a trio of assists.
North Texas returns to action at The Super Pit on Thursday against Arkansas State. Tip off is schedule for 7:00 p.m. following the NT women’s game at 5:00 p.m., and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.