Final: Southern Miss 75, North Texas 65
Where UNT stands: UNT fell to 6-12 after dropping its sixth straight game to open Conference USA play. The Mean Green have now lost seven straight games.
Now what?: The Mean Green will look to break through for their firs win in C-USA play on Saturday at Louisiana Tech, which is 13-6 overall and 5-1 in C-USA play.
Star of the day: Derail Green came off the bench to score 17 points and grab six rebounds before fouling out of UNT’s loss to Southern Miss. Green went 5-for-10 from 3-point range against Southern Miss. UNT had three players finish in double figures. Ryan Woolridge finished with 15 points and A.J. Lawson added 14 for the Mean Green. UNT’s trio of players in double figures helped keep the Mean Green in the game on a night several of its key players struggled. Jeremy Combs and J-Mychal Reese both finished with three points.
– Tony Benford, UNT coach on the Mean Green’s performance in their loss to Southern Miss.
Our take: UNT matched is longest losing streak of the Tony Benford era with its loss to Southern Miss. The Mean Green have now dropped seven straight and remain in a tie for last place in the C-USA standings with Florida International at 0-6.
UNT did get Deckie Johnson back in its lineup and saw him respond with two 3s and six points.
The Mean Green’s problem was they didn’t show up early in the first half and went through another tough stretch offensively early in the second half. Southern Miss led 10-1 before Reese hit a layup for UNT’s first field goal at the 14:11 mark.
UNT fought back and took an 18-17 lead on a Ja’Michael Brown 3, but then went more then five minutes without scoring.
The Mean Green trailed by 20 points late before making a cosmetic run.
The big question now for UNT is how long it will go without another win. UNT’s next game at Louisiana Tech doesn’t look promising . The Mean Green have already lost to Charlotte, Old Dominion and Rice, the teams they will face when they return to the Super Pit.
UNT has games against Florida Atlantic and Florida International, two other C-USA cellar-dwellers in early February, but both of those games are on the road. The Mean Green have won just one road game since the beginning of last season and are 1-19 away from the Super Pit in that span.
To make matters worse, UNT still hasn’t gotten Keith Frazier back from a knee injury yet.
The way things are going, it seems like a foregone conclusion that this will go down as one of the worst seasons in an awfully long time for UNT.