NT Battling McCollum, Lehigh Thursday At Pit

North Texas (5-6, 0-1 SBC) vs. Lehigh (8-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Dec. 20, 2012 • 7:00 p.m.
Denton, Texas • The Super Pit (10,500)
Radio: MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM
TV: None • Webcast: MeanGreenSports.com
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting


DENTON, Texas – Nearly 60 NBA scouts will be at the Super Pit on Thursday night to watch a battle of Preseason All-Americans in North Texas’ Tony Mitchell and Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum

Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and all of the action can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network. A Mean Green "Secret Santa" has purchased 3,000 tickets to be given away free to the first takers at the following link.

The nation’s leading scorer at 24.9 points per game, McCollum is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor this year, and has hit 27-of-52 (51.9 percent) from deep. With 2,323 career points, the senior is on the cusp of becoming the 64th player in NCAA history to eclipse the 2,500 point plateau.

McCollum’s legacy was cemented in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, when he led No. 15 Lehigh to an improbable 75-70 win over No. 2 Duke with a 30 point outburst. The victory was the program’s first in the NCAA Tournament.

Lehigh is riding a seven game win streak into Denton. The Mountain Hawks haven’t lost since a 78-53 decision at Pitt in the NIT Season Tip-Off back on Nov. 13. This will be Lehigh’s second trip to the Lone Star State this season after dropping a 99-77 game at No. 19/18 Baylor.

NT played outstanding defense in the win over SELA, holding the Lions to 40 points and 25.0 percent shooting. The combined 85 points are the lowest in the Super Pit era (1973) and NT’s 45 points are the fewest in a victory since it beat Air Force 37-36 in 1963. The last time NT held an opponent to less than 25 percent shooting was on Feb. 11, 2010 when it held New Orleans to 23.0 percent.

North Texas tallied just five turnovers against Jackson State and eight versus SELA. The last time NT had single digit turnovers in back-to-back games was in Feb. of 1994: 9 vs. UT San Antonio, 5 vs. Texas State. NT ranks second in the Sun Belt and 60th in the nation in turnovers with 12.4 per game.




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