Men's Basketball Wins First-Round SBC Tourney Game
DENTON (2/28/07) ? Kendrick Davis led five players in double figures as the North Texas men's basketball team defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 93-78, in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in the Super Pit.
The fifth-seed Mean Green (20-10) advances to the second round of the conference tournament where the team will play fourth-seed Louisiana Monroe on Sunday, March 4 at
“We have had some good teams in the past that have played hard and just didn’t finish the deal in the past,” said head coach Johnny Jones. “We have been very close in the past. I am excited about this team. I think we have the make-up of a team that can accomplish a great deal.”
The Mean Green used a 27-9 run midway through the first half to take a 19-point advantage, 43-24, with 4:52 left in the first half. Quincy Williams scored five points in the run, while
Louisiana-Lafayette hit a layup as time expired in the first half to cut the
Harold Stewart led the Mean Green on a 19-7 run to put
Rebounds proved crucial in the second half. The Mean Green out-rebounded the Ragin’ Cajuns, 44-29 in the game and 24-14 in the second half. Stewart led the way with nine rebounds, one board shy of a double-double.
“We have been a good rebounding team all year,” said Jones. “We have out-rebounded most of the our opponents all season.
Michael Sturns and Calvin Watson also scored in double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Point guard Ben Bell was one point shy of double-figures with nine points.
North Texas will play Louisiana Monroe in second-round action on Sunday, March 4 at 3 pm in