Men’s Basketball Prepares For Key Road Game At LA Tech

Feb. 24, 2016


The North Texas men's basketball team will play on the American Sports Network Thursday, Feb. 25 at LA Tech at 8 p.m. (photo by Rick Yeatts).

North Texas men's basketball at LA Tech
Date | Time  Thursday, Feb. 25 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | Thomas Assembly Center (TAC) (8,000)
Stream  C-USA Network
TV  American Sports Network - Brett Dolan (PxP), Ben Braun (Color)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color) 
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | LA Tech

DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team is gaining momentum after a home sweep last weekend and will face their toughest road test Thursday, Feb. 25 at LA Tech aired live on the American Sports Network at 8 p.m.

Four games remain in the race for the Conference USA regular season championship. The Mean Green sit in a three-way tie for seventh place and just two games behind sixth place Old Dominion. LA Tech has a half game lead for the fourth seed with a 9-5 C-USA record.

North Texas is 6-8 in league play but holds an impressive 5-2 record at home against C-USA opponents. NT is looking for its second road win of the season Thursday night against the Bulldogs who have only lost once against Old Dominion.

The Mean Green is coming off a wire-to-wire victory against FAU last weekend to complete the Florida sweep. North Texas used steady free throw shooting (17 of 25) and 50 combined points from the big three of sophomore Jeremy Combs (17 points), junior J-Mychal Reese (14 points) and classmate Deckie Johnson (19 points). Freshman Rickey Brice Jr. added eight points off the bench in 15 minutes.

Combs leads the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game and in rebounding at 10.7 per game. The Dallas native is 14th in the nation in rebounds per game and 13th in total rebounds (288). Combs is closing in on a couple of North Texas single-season records sitting eighth best with 288 rebounds and seventh best in field goal percentage at 59.6.

Reese is second on the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game and leads the team in assists at 4.0 per game (109 total). His 109 total assists is 12 shy of 10th best in school history with at least four games remaining. Johnson is third at 14.5 points per game and has hit a team best 62 made three pointers. His 62 triples is currently tied for eighth best and is eight away from being fourth all-time.

As a team, North Texas is 83rd in the nation in field goal percentage (46.0), 15th in free throw attempts (729) and 51st in free throws made (464).

The Mean Green will finish the road trip at Southern Mississippi Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

About the Opponent: LA Tech
• This will be the 29th meeting between the two teams with the first meeting coming on Dec. 18, 1952. The Mean Green have won two straight in the series but have lost 12 games in a row on the road in Ruston, LA.

• In the last meeting just 19 days ago on Feb. 6, North Texas stormed back erasing a 10-point halftime deficit thanks to a second half explosion from Deckie Johnson. Johnson scored 15 straight points in a three minute span and finished with 21 points to help NT score 50 second half points in route to an 80-69 home victory against the Bulldogs.

• LA Tech sits 4th in the C-USA with a 20-7 overall record and is 9-5 in league play. The Bulldogs are coming off a road loss at UTEP, 91-80. LA Tech has won three of their last four games and own a 14-1 home record.

• The Bulldogs are led by Alex Hamilton who leads the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game and leads the C-USA in assists with 163 total dimes. Erik McCree is second on the team at 16.2 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 7.4 boards per game.
The Last Meeting
Louisiana Tech69
North Texas80
February 6, 2016
The Super Pit
Johnson Ignites North Texas Men To Comeback Victory
Deckie Johnson scored 15 points in a 17-6 run to open the second half as North Texas rallied for an 80-69 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at the Super Pit.


 

 

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