North Texas Begins Final Home Stand Against Louisiana Tech

Feb. 22, 2017

North Texas men's basketball vs. Louisiana Tech
Date | Time  Thursday, Feb. 23 | 7 p.m.
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
Live Stats   MeangreenStats.com
Stream  Conference USA TV ($)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | Louisiana Tech

DENTON - The North Texas men's basketball team sits three games back of qualifying for the Conference USA Tournament and face red-hot Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Super Pit.

With four C-USA games remaining, North Texas (8-18, 2-12 CUSA) has two home games left (LA Tech, Southern Miss) and two road contests (at Marshall, at WKU). The Mean Green are three games behind three teams in Charlotte (5-9 CUSA), Florida Atlantic (5-9 C-USA), and Southern Miss (5-10 C-USA).

The Mean Green went 1-1 last week earning an 83-73 victory against UTSA on Feb. 18. North Texas held UTSA's best player Jeff Beverly to a season-low three points. Four players scored in double figures with junior forward Shane Temara scoring a career-high 19 points. Senior guard J-Mychal Reese also had 19 points off a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Freshman guard Ryan Woolridge earned his second-straight C-USA Freshman of the Week honor after a week that included one assist shy of a triple-double against UTEP and swiped a career-high eight steals against UTSA. Woolridge averaged 14 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds, and 5.5 steals in two games last week.

Freshman guard A.J. Lawson leads the team and C-USA freshmen in scoring at 10.8 points per game. Reese sits second in scoring at 10.5 points per game and leads the team in assists at 3.5 per game (84 total). Woolridge is fourth in scoring at 10.1 points per game in 17 games played.

The Mean Green have hit 36 three-pointers during the first five games of the 3-point challenge. North Texas is continuing 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: Louisiana Tech

• This will be the 31st meeting between the two teams. Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series 21-9, but North Texas is 8-4 in games played in Denton.

• In the last meeting, North Texas held a three-point halftime lead against LA Tech, but the Bulldogs outscored the Mean Green 48-27 in the second half to cruise to victory, 81-57, on Jan. 21. Shane Temara grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and Ja'Michael Brown scored 11 points.

• In the previous meeting at the Super Pit, The Mean Green came back from 10-points down to defeat LA Tech, 80-69, on Feb. 6, 2016. Deckie Johnson sparked the run scoring 19 second half points, including 15 of the first 17 points to open the half. Johnson finished with 21 points, Jeremy Combs added 16, and Eric Katenda scored 16.

• The Bulldogs enter with a 20-8 overall record and are 12-3 (second place) in Conference USA. LA Tech is coming in red-hot having won six-straight games and is 5-2 on the road during Conference play.

• Senior forward Erik McCree leads the team in scoring at 17.9 points per game and in rebounding at 8.9 boards per contest. Junior Jacobi Boykins is second on the team at 14.6 and has hit a team-best 72 three-pointers.

• Freshman guard DaQuan Bracey leads Conference USA in assist to turnover ratio and second in assists (6 per game). Bracey has dished out 167 assists on the season.

The Last Meeting
North Texas57
Louisiana Tech81
January 21, 2017
Ruston, LA
North Texas Falls To Louisiana Tech Off Second Half Run
North Texas gave up 48 second half points and fell on the road at Louisiana Tech 81-57 Saturday inside the Thomas Assembly Center.


 

 

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