North Texas Returns Home To Host Indiana State
Four Non-Conference Games Remain
|North Texas men's basketball vs. Indiana State|
|Date | Time||Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | Indiana State|
DENTON -- The North Texas men's basketball team returns home after an encouraging two-game road swing starting with Indiana State on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (4-5) didn't come away with victories at Oklahoma or at UT Arlington but both games were very competitive. On Saturday, Dec. 2, North Texas was tied with the Mavericks seven times before senior Kevin Hervey, the Sun Belt preseason Player of the Year, hit a jumper with 23 seconds left to seal the win. The Mean Green had a chance to tie again but sophomore guard A.J. Lawson's layup attempt was too strong and UTA survived, 65-60.
Senior forward Shane Temara earned his second double-double of the season off 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Roosevelt Smart scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half off four three-pointers. The Mean Green finished with 19 offensive rebounds but in the end 11 missed free throws and 20 turnovers were the difference.
Smart leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game and is top 60 in multiple NCAA stat categories. Smart is 48th in three-pointer made per game at 3.11 and is 43rd in free throw percentage at 91.9. Smart has hit 17 free throws in a row. His 154 total points in nine games is 71st in the nation.
In four wins this season, sophomore point guard Ryan Woolridge is averaging close to six assists and only two assists in five losses. Woolridge is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 17 steals. Woolridge combined to score just nine points in his last two games.
Just three non-conference games remain after Indiana State with McNeese State (Dec. 9), at San Diego (Dec. 16) and at Georgetown (Dec. 20).
About the Opponent: Indiana State
• This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams and the third game held in Denton. In the previous contest, North Texas earned an 80- 69 road win on Nov. 23, 2008. The Mean Green had 36 bench points in the victory, including 32 combined points from Dominique Johnson (17 points) and Eric Tramiel (15 points). North Texas hit 11 three-pointers in the road win.
• North Texas did play Indiana State twice in the 1970s but never from 1976-79 when all-time leading scorer and NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird played. Bird scored 2,850 points and averaged 30.3 points per game in three seasons for the Sycamores.
• The Sycamores enter the game with a 3-4 record coming off a win at home against Air Force, 74- 64. Indiana State opened the season with a 90-69 road win at Indiana. The Sycamores are just 2-4 in their last six games.
• Sophomore guard Jordan Barnes has started all seven games, leads the team in scoring at 15 points per game and has hit 23 three-pointers. Senior guard Brenton Scott is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. Graduate student Qiydar Davis, who transferred from LA Tech, is third on the team in scoring at 12 points per game. Davis leads the team in rebounding at 6 boards per game.
• The Sycamores have already played C-USA member Old Dominion at the Gildan Charleston Classic falling 62-44 on Nov. 17 and will face WKU on Dec. 16.