Mean Green Begin 2016-17 Campaign Against Sul Ross State

Nov. 11, 2016

North Texas men's basketball vs. Sul Ross State
Date | Time  Friday, Nov. 11 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)
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DENTON -- After a month of preparation, the North Texas men’s basketball team starts the 2016-17 season Friday, Nov. 11 against Division III foe Sul Ross State at 7 p.m. inside the Super Pit.

North Texas has won 13-straight home openers dating back to 2002 when it suffered an 87-80 loss against TCU. The Mean Green have played their best basketball at home and will host nine non-conference games at the Super Pit in 2016.

Head coach Tony Benford enters his fifth season with North Texas and hopes to have a breakout season with 90 percent of its scoring returning from last year. Junior Jeremy Combs, a preseason all-conference honoree, leads the team after scoring 14.9 points per game and pulling down 10.5 rebounds per game a year ago. Combs posted 14 double-doubles last season and finished with 325 rebounds, which was the sixth best mark in a single season in school history.

The Mean Green also return veteran guards J-Mychal Reese and Deckie Johnson. Reese led the team with 118 assists and total points scored with 471. Johnson had a terrific season from the three-point line making 73, which was the fourth best total in a single season in program history. Johnson was third on the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game.

Sophomores Ja’Michael Brown and Rickey Brice, Jr. are expected to be relied upon more this season. Brown had a solid freshman season averaging 8.2 points per game and led the team in three-point percentage at .393. Brice, Jr. played in 29 games and led the team with 36 blocks.

Three newcomers are set to make their North Texas debuts in freshman A.J. Lawson, junior Shane Temara (Angelina College) and graduate transfer Derail Green (Incarnate Word).

About the Opponent: Sul Ross State

• This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. Sul Ross State is a Division III school located in Alpine, Texas.

• The Lobos are the defending American Southwest Conference West division champion after going 16-10 last season. They were 8-3 at home and 8-7 on the road.

• Sul Ross State finished the season with a 7-3 record in its last 10 games, making the ASC semifinals, falling to Hardin-Simmons, 79-68.

• The Lobos have three players named to the preseason ASC watch list in Caleb Thomasson, Jacob Dawson and Brock Anders.



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