Senior Day Thursday Against Rival Red Wolves
NT Hoops Honoring Seniors In Thursday's Season Finale Against ASU
North Texas (11-19, 6-13) vs. Arkansas State (18-9, 12-6)
Feb. 28, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Denton, Texas • The Super Pit (10,500)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: N/A • Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com
Series: ASU leads 21-18 • In Denton: Tied 9-9
Last: ASU won 75-66 OT on Feb. 2 in Jonesboro, Ark.
DENTON, Texas – Help the North Texas basketball team pay tribute to four invaluable seniors prior to taking on Sun Belt West Division rival Arkansas State. Tip off from the Super Pit is slated for 7 p.m. and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
2012-13 Mean Green Seniors
Justin Patton came to North Texas after a standout two-year career at Grambling State that included a SWAC-high 7.1 rebounds per game in 2010-11. The Bossier City, La., native played in 19 games for the Mean Green after overcoming preseason knee surgery just weeks before the opener. He came back to start a pair of games against Troy and ULM, and scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting against the Warhawks. Justin scored in 16 games, and was a constant defensive presence for the Mean Green.
A potent shooter with excellent play-making ability, Niko Stojiljkovic played in over 60 games for the Mean Green while averaging nearly three points per game for his career. The Paris, France native was a versatile cog in North Texas’ offensive efforts, and posted 49 assists and +1.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. He started 12 games over the last two seasons, including seven in 2012-13. Niko is one of the squad’s best free throw shooters at 70.0 percent, and his years of international service with the French National Team served him well as a veteran with the Mean Green.
One of the best all-around athletes to suit up for the Mean Green in years, Jacob Holmen racked up over 500 career points as a versatile four-year wing player. A veteran with 94 games under his belt, Holmen made three trips to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals with North Texas, including last year’s run in which he earned All-Tournament honors after averaging a team-high 14 points per game in the three days in Hot Springs. Always a threat from deep, Jacob made 16 of his last 39 attempts from 3-point dating back to last year, and retires with nearly 40 makes from 3-point in his career.
The heart and soul of North Texas’ locker room, Roger Franklin is one of only two Sun Belt players to rank among the top 11 in the league in field goal percentage, rebounds and free throw percentage this season. North Texas’ captain and the only player on the roster to start every game this year, Roger has averaged 15.4 points on 51.5 percent shooting in scoring double-figures in 11 of the last 13 games. The Duncanville, Texas product has five 20-point outings in Sun Belt play, including a career-best 29 point game on the road at FIU, and three double-doubles.