UNT Men’s Basketball: Mean Green go 2-1 in Last Three

Mean Green Guard Ja'Michael Brown doing his things against the Salukis. Photo Courtesy: Bruce Chandler
Mean Green Guard Ja’Michael Brown doing his things against the Salukis.
Photo Courtesy: Bruce Chandler

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

After losing six straight games, the Mean Green of North Texas needed to turn things around and it seems that they’re beginning to turn their season around. They’ve won two of their last three games. They’re now 4-7, but they’re next few games will be challenges.

My thoughts on their last three games
Southern Illinois: This was a rematch from a week earlier as they took on Southern Illinois at home and lost 63-95. The Mean Green looked to avenge their embarrassing home loss, but they came up short losing 74-66. The Mean Green made about 46 percent of their shots, and only 25 percent of their three-pointers. J-Mychal Reese led the Mean Green with a career-high 25 points, and added three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Nichols State: The Mean Green snapped a seven-game losing streak by defeating Nicholls State 78-60. The Mean Green had a 41-22 lead at halftime. North Texas made about 43 percent of their shots, about 27 percent of their three-point shots. Jeremy Combs led the Mean Green with 19 points and had eight rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

Mississippi Valley State: North Texas emerged victorious with a final score of 87-74. The Mean Green made 54 percent of their shots and 36 percent of their free-throws. After the Mean Green took the lead for the first time, they never trailed and continued to increase their lead. Deckie Johnson led North Texas with 26 points (made six three-pointers) and added four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

In the last three games, the North Texas Mean Green have made about 33 percent of their three-point shots. So it continues to be an issue that they need to work on at practice. They’re next game will be on Dec. 21 when they will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton University. The Mean Green need to find ways to continue winning games. Defense only seemed to be an issue against Southern Illinois when they trailed by 20 points early in the second quarter, but they redeemed themselves along with the offense to get back in the game. Nonetheless, defense needs to stay awake.