Final — UNT 61-59. PJ Hardwick made the first and missed the second free throw. FAU had a chance to tie it and got a couple of looks, but didn’t hit either.
Update 28.5 — PJ Hardwick hit a layup to put UNT up 60-56. Greg Gantt hit a 3 to pull FAU within 60-59. The shot clock is off.
Update 1:00 — UNT has the ball up 58-56.
End of regulation — We are headed to overtime tied at 53-53. Tony Mitchell got a look on the baseline with a guy hanging all over him. It was short, but Roger Franklin was right there for the stick-back with 1.8 left.
Update 15.0 — UNT is down 53-51. UNT fouled after the turnover. Greg Gantt hit the first end of the one-and-one, but missed the second shot. You have to get the ball to Tony Mitchell here. If not Tony, then Jordan Williams.
Update 21.1 — UNT didn’t get a shot off. UNT tried to get the ball to PJ and it went off his hands near the sideline after an FAU player tipped it.
Update 34.2 — Greg Gantt just hit a huge 3 from the wing to put FAU up 52-51. It was off a scramble play. He had a hand in his face.
Update 1:47 — UNT is up 51-47 after Tony Mitchell threw down a huge oop from the baseline. He has 23.
Update 3:04 — UNT is up 48-45 after Niko Stojiljkovic hit a pair of free throws.
Update 7:01 — We are still all tied up at 39-39. UNT will have the ball coming out of the media timeout. UNT is getting all of its scoring from Tony Mitchell and Jordan Williams. Greg Gantt has 14 for FAU.
Update 7:16 — We are all tied up at 39-39 after Tony Mitchell threw down another dunk to push his total for the game to 18 points. Jordan Williams has 14.
Update 10:51 — UNT went on an 8-2 run after going down five, but FAU has just went back up 36-35 and has Jackson Trapp headed to the line for a free throw to try to complete a three-point play.
Update 15:53 — UNT is down 32-20 with Tony Mitchell headed to the line for a couple of free throws. Mitchell has 15 and Jordan Williams 14.
Halftime — UNT is up 23-22 at the end of the first half. Jordan Williams and Tony Mitchell both had huge first halves. Williams has 12 and UNT 10. The Mean Green was 12 before FAU came back. The Owls were up 22-21, but Jordan Williams hit a pair of free throws. UNT would be a whole lot better off if it could have maintained that lead. You wonder if UNT won’t run out of gas with only seven scholarship players in the second half.
Update 3:08 — Tony Mitchell snapped FAU’s run with a 3 and has 10 points. UNT is up 20-16.
Update 5:45 — FAU is on a 13-2 run. Greg Gantt just hit a huge 3 for FAU. UNT leads 17-16.
Update 7:18 — UNT has a 15-11 lead. Tony Mitchell has seven points and Jordan Williams eight. Mitchell came out of his funk right off the bat, hitting a 3 after not scoring against FIU. FAU is on an 8-0 run.
Update 8:06 — UNT is still up 15-9, but FAU looks like it is heating up. The Owls have hit two 3s after starting 1-for-11.
Update 10:52 — We are almost halfway through the first half and FAU has just one field goal. UNT is up 15-3. Jordan Williams has six points for UNT.
Update 12:41 — UNT has come out with a purpose tonight. Tony Mitchell threw down a monster oop dunk and Jordan Williams had another dunk for UNT, which is up 15-3 and is on a 10-0 run.
Update 16:00 men’s game — UNT is up 5-2. Tony Mitchell has already hit a 3.
Final — UNT falls 79-67.
Update 2:36 — UNT is down 73-65 late. UNT got within 67-63, but FAU is on a 6-2 run. Chenise Miller, FAU’s really good forward, is killing UNT. She has 22.
Update 7:13 — UNT is on an 9-0 run and is back in this one. FAU is up 64-60. UNT has the ball. BreAnna Dawkins was called for a technical foul right before UNT went on its run. FAU was up 64-51.
Update 11:46 — UNT is down 61-51 at the second media timeout of the second half. UNT got to within four, but FAU came back with a couple of big shots, including a 3 from Morgan Robinson.
Update 15:54 — FAU scored four straight out of the last timeout to grab a 50-42 lead at the first media timeout of the second half. Loryn Goodwin has 18 points and BreAnna Dawkins 10 for UNT.
Update 16:37 — UNT has gotten off to a good start in the second half and is now down 46-42. UNT just called a timout. BreAnna Dawkins has five points in the second half and 10 for the game.
Update start of second half — Big-time UNT booster Ernie Kuehne is in the house.
Halftime — UNT is down 40-31 at halftime. Loryn Goodwin has 16 points for UNT. FAU went on a big run at the end of half. That 12-4 burst gave the Owls a bit of breathing room. I finally got a halftime box after officials fixed a problem with it. FAU had good balance across the board with three players with seven points and six with at least four. FAU has a 27-21 edge in rebounds.
Update 7:50 — UNT is down 26-23 at the third media timeout of the first half. FAU went on an 8-0 run and was up five. Alexis Hyder scored five straight before FAU hit a 3. Loryn Goodwin has 14. She is going to be really good for UNT for a long time.
Update 11:27 — That was a quick turnaround between a Petersen timeout and the media timeout. FAU is on an 8-2 run and is up 20-18. Loryn Goodwin has 11 and is playing really well.
Update 11:34 — FAU has scored the last five points and taken a 20-18 lead.
Update 12:39 — UNT is up 18-15. FAU just took a timeout. Loryn Goodwin has 11 already.
Update 15:58 — UNT is up 9-6 at the first media timout. Loryn Goodwin has five points for UNT.
Update tipoff — In a side note, Braylah Blakely’s sister Briah plays for FAU is a pretty good player. She starts and averages 5.4 points a game. I talked to Mom and Pops for the paper. UNT recruited Briah out of JC, but she ended up going to FAU after the Mean Green’s coaching change with Mike Petersen coming in.
UNT will finish up its two-game road trip to Florida today with a doubleheader at Florida Atlantic. I’m here in Boca Raton and will be updating the blog all day long.
Nothing is going right for the UNT men. Alzee Williams is out today with a sprained right knee. I talked to UNT’s trainer, who said he wouldn’t know for sure how bad the injury is until the team returns to Denton. For now, UNT is calling it a sprained knee.
UNT will have eight guys available today, and that total includes one walk-on.
UNT has lost six of eight.
Tony Mitchell has to get going in a big way if UNT is going to make a run at the end of the season. He was shut out at Florida International and had just two rebounds.
He’s been fairly consistent when it comes to scoring in double figures most of the season, but he has to take over, which doesn’t seem to be in his personality.
The UNT women are pretty much on fire, having won five straight. UNT hasn’t won six in a row since the 2000-01 season. FAU knocked UNT out of the Sun Belt tournament last year.
In a fun side note, Braylah Blakely’s sister