THIBODAUX, La. (12/09/06) The North Texas basketball team surged ahead in the second half and held on late to knock off Nicholls State 74-71 at Stopher Gymnasium.
NT (7-2) held the Colonels (0-10) without a field goal for seven minutes in the second half, knocking down 20 points in the mean time to take the lead. Calvin Watson knocked down five 3-point baskets to pace the Mean Green with a game-high 21 points.
“We were very fortunate to come away with a win today against a very tough team,” said head coach Johnny Jones, who picked up a win in his 150th game at NT. “They did a great job of keeping us out of our rhythm, but I am proud of the way the team responded against a quality opponent.”
Down three points with 12 seconds remaining, Colonel forward Ryan Bathie’s 3-point attempt sailed wide to ensure the NT victory. Bathie torched the Mean Green for five threes, including four in the second half to keep his team in the game.
Quincy Williams earned a start in his last two games, and has made the most of it. The junior responded today with a career-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and a pair of steals.
The Mean Green put itself in an early hole, going over six minutes without a field goal midway through the first. The Colonels piled up 10 points in that span and got hot from beyond the arc. Gil Verner nailed a pair of back-to-back three’s to put the Mean Green down by 12 with just over four minutes remaining in the opening frame.
NT came back with a full court press that threw off the Colonels. On Watson’s back, North Texas reeled off 12 straight points to close the half down 32-29. Watson racked up 10 points in the half’s final 2:15.
North Texas heads back to southern Louisiana next week when it opens Sun Belt Conference play at New Orleans on Dec. 16. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.