Mean Green Looking For Road Sweep At UT San Antonio

Dec. 29, 2017

North Texas men's basketball at UTSA
Date | Time  Saturday, Dec. 30 | 7 p.m. 
Location   San Antonio, TX | Convocation Center (12,000)
Live Stats   statbroadcast
TV C-USA.TV & KCWX-TV - Mike Lefko (PxP) Chuck Miketinac (Color)
Radio  MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM -  Dave Barnett (PxP), Hank Dickenson (Color)
Twitter   @MeanGreenMBB
Game Notes   North Texas | UTSA

DENTON - The North Texas men's basketball team continues Conference USA play on the road at UT San Antonio on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

The game will be broadcasted locally on KCWX-TV with Mike Lefko doing play-by-play and Chuck Miketinac provided color commentary. Both teams enter with identical records at 8-6 and 1-0 in league play.

The Mean Green won for the first time in school history at the Don Haskins Center in a 63-62 win at UTEP. The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak overall to the Miners and was the first win in the series since 1952.

Sophomore guard Roosevelt Smart led the way with 29 points off just 13 shots and was 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Smart is off to a record pace at 18.4 points per game and has scored 258 total points, 58th in the nation. Smart is shooting 90.2 percent from the free throw line, which is 31st in the nation. His 45 made three-pointers (14th nationally) is on track to break the school record set by Calvin Watson who hit 90 in 2006-07.

Senior Shane Temara finished with 14 points and four three-pointers against UTEP. Temara is third on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game and is shooting 40 percent from the three-point line. Sophomore Ryan Woolridge only had seven points against the Miners but played all 40 minutes. Woolridge leads the team in assists already matching his total from a season ago with 67 in 14 games.

The Mean Green are looking for a road sweep to open C-USA play for the first time ever. The last time a North Texas team earned two wins on the road to open league play was back in 1991 with wins at Southwest Texas and Stephen F. Austin.

About the Opponent: UTSA

• This will be the 25th meeting between the two teams. The Mean Green lead the all-time series with a 13-11 record but are just 5-7 on the road.

• In the previous meeting, North Texas earned na 83-73 win on Feb. 18, 2017. Shane Temara scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Ryan Woolridge added 13 points and eight steals.

• In the last meeting in San Antonio, North Texas erased a 15-point halftime deficit earning a comeback 70-66 road win. Former Mean Green player Ja'Michael Brown scored a career-high 21 points. Deckie Johnson added 18 points.

• UTSA is 8-6, 1-0 C-USA after winning three of its last four games. The Roadrunners opened C-USA action with a 79-66 win at home against Rice. Freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson scored 20 points for the second-straight game to lead UTSA to victory.

• The Roadrunners are led by Jackson who leads the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game coming off the bench in all 14 games. Freshman Keaton Wallace is second on the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game.

• UTSA is second in Conference USA in scoring at 86.6 points per game and lead the league in three-pointer made per game at 11.1. The Roadrunners have made a league best 156 three-pointers.
The Last Meeting
North Texas83
February 18, 2017
The Super Pit
Men's Basketball Bounces Back With Win Against UTSA
After falling in overtime on Thursday, the North Texas men's basketball team bounced back with an 83-73 win against UTSA on Saturday afternoon in the Super Pit.



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