Men's Basketball Finishes Home Non-Conference Slate With McNeese
Mean Green Looking For Sixth Home Victory
|North Texas men's basketball vs. McNeese State|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Dec. 9 | 5 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 | McNeese State|
DENTON - The North Texas men's basketball team welcomes McNeese State on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. to finish the non-conference home schedule at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (5-5) will take on the Cowboys as part of a doubleheader with the women's team who will face La Salle at 3 p.m. at the Super Pit.
North Texas is coming off its biggest comeback win of the season in a 79-76 overtime win against Indiana State on Dec. 6. Trailing by 10 points in the second half and five points with 47 seconds left, the Mean Green found a way to force overtime thanks to a couple of three-pointers, including a clutch shot by sophomore guard A.J. Lawson at the buzzer. In overtime, senior forward Shane Temara hit a corner three-pointer to pull ahead by one and sophomore Roosevelt Smart drained free throws to earn the win.
Smart snapped his free throw streak at 27 in a row but is leading the team with a 91.5 free throw percentage off 43-for-47. Smart is 35th in the nation in free throw percentage and 52nd in total points scored at 176. Woolridge is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game and leads the team with 43 assists. Woolridge dished out six against Indiana State and played 44 minutes without a turnover.
The game against the Cowboys will be the final home game until conference play, which sets up four-straight road games for the Mean Green starting at San Diego (Dec. 16), at Georgetown (Dec. 20), at UTEP (Dec. 28) and at UTSA (Dec. 30).
About the Opponent: McNeese State
• This will be the 37th all-time meeting between North Texas and McNeese State. The Mean Green was a former member of the Southland conference from 1982-1996, playing the Cowboys 36 times, including five times in postseason play.
• In the last meeting, North Texas rallied from behind to earn a last second 67-65 home win on Feb. 15, 1996. Chad Elstun hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to tie the game at 65-65 and Mack Jones hit two free throws with one second remaining to win the game. George King finished with 19 points to lead the Mean Green.
• North Texas has won five of the last seven meetings and is 9-6 against the Cowboys at the Super Pit.
• McNeese State enters with a 2-4 record but is 0-4 on the road this season. The Cowboys two wins are against Ecclesia College (101-54) and Southern New Orleans (103-79).
• Sophomore guard Kalob Ledoux leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 12 three-pointers. Junior guard Jarren Greenwood is second on the team at 13 points per game.
• McNeese State is one of the top rebounding teams in the country sitting 29th and averaging 41.3 boards per game. Junior forward Quatarrius Wilson leads the team at 8.3 per game and has pulled down 23 offensive rebounds in six games.