Western Kentucky Takes Down Mean Green At SBC Tourney
MOBILE, Ala. (3/09/08) ? The North Texas men's basketball team couldn't contain a potent Western Kentucky squad, falling in the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals, 84-70, at the Mitchell Center.
The Hilltoppers (25-5) connected on 10-of-19 three-pointers, including five in the game’s opening nine minutes to send the Mean Green (20-11) to an early tournament exit. North Texas came out of the halftime break on fire, but a late 14-4
NT finishes the year with 20 wins for a second straight season, marking the first back-to-back 20 win campaigns since 1976-78.
Josh White, the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, countered Lee with 15 points to lead three Mean Green players in double figures. Ben Bell finished with 12 points and Justin Howerton tallied a season-best 10 points.
The Hilltoppers pushed the Mean Green around in the paint, using a 15-8 edge in offensive rebounds into a 22-6 advantage in second chance points.
The Mean Green, on the other hand, was cold in the opening frame. NT was 0-for-4 on 3-point attempts and hit just 37.5 percent from the floor, but managed to keep WKU without a field goal over the final 4:41 of the half.
The Hilltoppers went into the break with a 37-28 lead despite going 10-of-30 (33.3 percent) from the floor in the half.