DENTON (2/22/07) Senior Calvin Watson, the Mean Green’s all-time three-point leader, hit six threes in tonight’s game, but the North Texas men’s basketball team came up just short against Arkansas State, 74-71, in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (18-10, 9-8) lost both games in the season’s series with Arkansas State, who improves to 15-14 overall and 10-7 in the Sun Belt.
“I thought our guys came out with a great amount of intensity and energy,” said North Texas head coach Johnny Jones. “That energy helped us go into the half with the lead. Credit Arkansas State for coming out and getting back into the game early in the second half. I thought our defense was there tonight. We did a lot of good things, but ASU made shots in the second half.”
Watson, who was one point shy of a season high, recorded 26 points, including 17 in the first half. He made five of his six three-pointers in the first half to lead the Mean Green to an 11-point halftime lead, 40-29.
Watson, who became NT’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals last game, moved into second place in the single-season list with 78 three-pointers. He also moved into 11th place all-time at North Texas in the career points list with 1,167.
ASU went on a 24-13 run to open the second half, tying the game at 53-53. Ryan Wedel hit a three-pointer to tie the game and then followed it up with another to give ASU its first lead, 56-53, since midway through the first half.
Kendrick Davis, who scored 14 points in the game, tied the game with a three-pointer and then retrieved the lead for the Mean Green, 63-61, with a jumper at 2:45. After Keith Wooden made a free throw, ASU scored the next eight points to take back the lead for good, 69-64, with 40 seconds left in the game.
North Texas came within two points of the lead three times in the last 40 seconds but was unable to gain any more ground. The Mean Green was forced to foul and the Indians went 5-for-5 from the line.
The Mean Green won the rebound battle, 42 to 31. Quincy Williams was three points shy of a double-double with 10 rebounds and seven points. Keith Wooden was two rebounds shy of a double-double with eight boards and 10 points.
Seniors Kendrick Davis, Calvin Watson and Rich Young were honored in pre-game ceremonies for their accomplishments at North Texas.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 24 when it travels to Lafayette, LA to play Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 pm.