LAFAYETTE, La. (2/24/07) Kendrick Davis nailed a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift the North Texas basketball team to a 72-70 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night.
North Texas’ (19-10, 10-8) only three pointer of the night gave the Mean Green its first-ever win over the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-20, 7-11) in the Cajundome in eight tries.
The Mean Green, assured of a home game before tonight’s contest, will garner the fifth send in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and will host 12th seeded Louisiana-Lafayette in a rematch on Wednesday night at The Super Pit.
“This has been a hard place to win for us over the years, so we will take anything we can get down here,” said head coach Johnny Jones. “This was another great game with Lafayette, and we look forward to hosting them on Wednesday.”
North Texas nearly ended a streak of 530 straight games with a three-pointer made before Davis splashed in the game winner. One of the longest streaks in the nation, NT had made a three-pointer in every game dating back to the 1988-89 season.
Davis led three Mean Green scorers in double figures with 19 points. Quincy Williams knocked in 17 points and Michael Sturns added 13.
If the Mean Green were sluggish from the arc, the Ragin’ Cajuns were nearly as bad from the free throw line. ULL was 5-18 from the line in the first half, and 20-39 overall for a percentage of 47.1 for the game.
A sloppy first half yielded a 30-30 tie at the break, but the Mean Green hung around with scrappy play from Davis. The senior poured in 10 first-half points to lead North Texas.
Ross Mouton was on first from beyond the arc for the Cajuns. The senior hit five 3-pointers in route to a game-high 22 points.
The Mean Green bought itself a little breathing room with an 8-2 run in the middle of the second half. Davis was once again the catalyst with a pair of runners in the lane to give NT a 56-50 lead.
The Cajuns answered with four consecutive free throws from David Dees to tie the game at 60 apiece
Ben Bell was nearly the hero when he tied the game with a runner in the lane with 15.9 seconds left in the game. Elijah Millsap hit a free throw to give the Cajuns a one point advantage before Davis drained the game-winning.