UNT Men’s Basketball: Conference Play Begins

These cheerleaders have a lot to cheer about for the UNT Mean Green Men's Basketball team. Photo Courtesy: Bruce Chandler
These cheerleaders have a lot to cheer about for the UNT Mean Green Men’s Basketball team.
Photo Courtesy: Bruce Chandler

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Mean Green have again won two of their last three games. Now that Conference USA season play is underway, the season is now more important, and the Mean Green will need to continue to win. In this series, they played their first C-USA game and they won it, so they’re definitely on the right track. However, they’re at a 6-8 record, but since they’ve won four of their last six games after losing six straight previously, the Mean Green has turned things around. They’re currently in second place in the C-USA standings.

My thoughts on their last three
Creighton: A terrible game for UNT. They lost 105-82. They trailed 54-39 at the half and they never threatened in the second half. The Mean Green struggled offensively and defensively, and only had three steals in the entire game. They were only able to make 37% of their 3-point shots, and 45% of their baskets. J-Mychal Reese led the team with 20 points. With that loss, the Mean Green fell to a 4-8 record.

Sam Houston State: A hard-fought game for both teams. The Mean Green came out on top though 69-64. The score was tied at 31 a piece at the end of the first half. The Mean Green improved on offense and they made 50% of their baskets, and 47% of their 3-point shots. Deckie Johnson led the team with a career-high 27 points, and he sealed the game with a slam dunk with less than ten seconds remaining in regulation. This game was much needed in order to prepare for their C-USA bout.

UT-San Antonio: UNT’s most important game so far this season. After a terrible first half, UNT trailed 40-25. They scored 45 points and held UTSA to only 26 in the second half. UNT came out on top 70-66. The Mean Green made 47% of their baskets, and made 50% of their 3-point shots. Ja’Michael Brown led the Mean Green with a career-high of 21 points, including going 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

The Mean Green will travel to El Paso to take on the UTEP Miners on January 3rd. The Miners are currently in first place in the C-USA standings. If the Mean Green can beat them, then they will be in first place. The Mean Green will need to win this game.

Upcoming Schedule – All Times Central
1/3   @UTEP     4:00 pm
1/9   vs Rice      1:00 pm