The North Texas men’s basketball team will take on Southern Miss in a must-win game for this afternoon
UNT has to win its last three games of the regular season and get some help to make the Conference USA tournament. There are 14 teams in the league that will include 12 teams in its postseason event this year.
The Mean Green have managed to win a couple games down the stretch, but are 2-13 in conference play. UNT is 8-19 overall and will end up posting its third 20-loss season in five years under Tony Benford if it can’t pull this game out today.
In a side note, this will go down as the first losing season at the Super Pit for the UNT men since the 2002-03 season. The Mean Green are 7-10 at home this year.
UNT is honoring four seniors –Jake Gross, J-Mychal Reese, Deckie Johnson, Derail Green — today.
Reese, Johnson and Green all transferred in. UNT does not have a four-year player this season.
The good news is UNT’s seniors are all on track to graduate. Green is picking up his masters this spring.
Starters for UNT — A.J. Lawson, Ryan Woolridge, Shane Temara, J-Mychal Reese and Derail Green.
15:06 — UNT is down 11-9 at the first media timeout of the first half. Derail Green hit a 3 early to help the Mean Green run out to a 7-2 lead. Southern Miss has answered with a 9-2 burst. Quinton Campbell has scored all 11 of the Golden Eagles points.
11:57 — UNT is down 16-11 at the second media timeout of the first half. Derail Green has five points for the Mean Green. Southern Miss went on a 14-2 run to take control of the game. Quinton Campbell has 11 points for the Golden Eagles.
8:44 — Southern Miss is on a 7-0 run and is now up 26-15. UNT just took a timeout.
7:49 — UNT is down 26-15 at the third media timeout of the first half. The school has brought in 1,000 kids today to liven up the environment during the Mean Green’s final home game of the season. Derail Green has five points for UNT.
6:03 — Southern Miss is on an 11-0 run. UNT just took another timeout. The Mean Green are down 30-15.
4:26 — UNT is on a 5-0 run and has pulled within 32-20. Southern Miss just called a timeout. Derail Green has eight points for the Mean Green. Southern Miss is shooting 52 percent from the field.
Halftime — UNT is down 47-30 at halftime. Southern Miss only averages 62 points per game. Derail Green has 14 points and is playing well in his final game with the Mean Green. Southern Miss has hit eight 3s. Michael Ramey has 18 points for the Golden Eagles and is 6-of-7 from 3-point range.
15:58 — UNT was down 20, but is on a bit of a run and has closed to within 52-37 early in the second half. A.J. Lawson is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. Derail Green has 17 points to lead UNT.
11:38 — UNT is on a 10-0 run and has closed to within 52-42 as we approach the midway point of the second half. Shane Temara just posted a block and then scored on a layup on the other end. Derail Green has 17 points for UNT.
7:16 — UNT is up 60-47 at the under-8 media timeout. The Mean Green extended its run to 11-0 before Southern Miss broke it. The Golden Eagles answered with a 6-0 burst. UNT is running out of time.
5:10 — UNT is down 67-49 after Southern Miss scored four quick points. UNT just called a timeout. A.J. Lawson has 12 points for UNT now, giving the Mean Green another player in double figures. Derail Green still leads UNT with 17.
3:35 — UNT is down 71-49 and is being blown out in its final home game of the season. UNT just can’t stop the Golden Eagles, the lowest scoring team in Conference USA. A.J. Lawson now has 13 points for UNT.
Final — Southern Miss 76, UNT 53. UNT is eliminated from contention for a spot in the C-USA tournament.