Final — FIU 70, UNT 64. Tough loss for UNT. I will be back later.
Update 1:47 — UNT is down 60-54 late. FIU just took a timeout to save a possession.
Update 2:14 — UNT is making this a game. UNT is down 58-52 after Alzee Williams hit a 3 off a steal.
Update 3:11 — UNT is down 56-48. FIU just took a timeout. Roger Franklin and Niko Stojiljkovic are having career nights.
Update 3:44 — We have hit the final media timeout with UNT down 56-45. Roger Franklin has scored almost half of UNT’s points. He has 20. Tony Mitchell has not scored all night. Amazing. He has just two shots and four fouls.
Update 5:37 — UNT is making a bit of a comeback and has pulled to within 54-45.
Update 14:50 — This is not getting any better. UNT is down 47-30. Roger Franklin has 13 points for UNT.
Update 17:47 — UNT is down 40-26. UNT just called a timeout. UNT has 16 turnovers. FIU has taken 39 shots, UNT 22.
Halftime — FIU closed the half on a 19-2 run and is up 36-24. UNT looked like it would hold the ball for the last shot, but actually managed to let FIU get off two instead., The Golden Panthers made both. Tony Mitchell got one shot the entire first half. UNT has 13 turnovers already.
Update 3:44 — Ducked out there for a minute. Things are not going well for UNT. FIU has come back to take a 24-22 lead. The Golden Panthers are on a 10-2 run. UNT has gotten Tony Mitchell one shot all game so far. FIU is playing a zone and playing well in it.
15:40 men’s game — UNT is up 9-5 in the early going. Alzee Williams has four points.
Final — UNT 70-68. Big win for UNT.
Update 0.8 — UNT is up 70-68 after Hyder hit a couple of free throws and FIU answered. All UNT has to do is get the ball in now.
Update 25.2 — UNT has gone up 68-66 on an Alexis Hyder layup. She grabbed her own miss. FIU has the ball coming out of a timeout. Hyder has 16.
Update 1:04 — We are all tied up at 66. FIU will have the ball coming out of a timeout with 14 seconds left on the shot clock.
Update 3:57 — There was a quick turnaround between the timeout Mike Petersen called and the media timeout. We are still tied up at 61-61. UNT has hit 20 free throws tonight. Loryn Goodwin has 19 for UNT.
Update 4:05 — We are all tied up at 61-61. UNT called a timeout after grabbing a loose ball. This looks like it will go down to the wire.
Update 6:50 — UNT is up 57-55 and just took a timeout.
Update 7:39 — UNT is up 56-55 late in the second half. Alexis Hyder is having a good half and has 16 points. FIU just turned it over in a pretty key spot. Jerica Coley has 15 for FIU.
Update 8:13 — UNT has pulled ahead 54-53 and has Alexis Hyder headed to the line for free throws. UNT has out scored FIU 15-6 at the line.
Update 11:45 — UNT is down 48-45 midway through the second half. FIU has the ball out of the timeout. Loryn Goodwin just picked up her third foul and went to the bench. FIU went on an 8-0 run out of the last media timeout. Loryn Goodwin has 19 for UNT.
Update 15:59 — UNT has come all the way back to take a 42-40 lead, thanks largely to Loryn Goodwin, who has scored the Mean Green’s last five pints and has 18 for the game. Goodwin hit a pair of free throws and then gave UNT the lead with a 3. She has hit all three of her attempts from behind the arc tonight.
Halftime — UNT is down 34-30 at halftime of its game against FIU. Sara Stanley is having a nice game and has 10 points. UNT was down eight late in the half before catching a bit of a break when Loryn Goodwin banked in a 3 from the top of the key and then hit a layup. Jerica Coley, who is the best guard in the Sun Belt, hit a jumper at the buzzer to put FIU back up four. Coley had 10 in the first half.
Update 2:11 — UNT is down 29-23 late in the first half. FIU has just called a timeout. Sara Stanley and Loryn Goodwin both have eight points for UNT.
Update 3:29 — UNT id down 29-21 at the final media timeout of the first half. Sara Stanley is having a good game with eight points. In a side note, Hannah Christian is not playing tonight. She is not suited up.
Update 5:12 — UNT is down 25-18 and just took a timeout. Sara Stanley has six points for UNT. FIU is on a 6-2 run.
Update 7:57 — UNT is down 19-13 midway through the first half. Sara Stanley has four points for UNT.
Update 12:09 — FIU has opened up at 13-7 lead and is on a 10-1 run.
Update 15:42 — UNT is up 4-2. Both teams are 1-for-8 from the floor. Sara Stanley and Loryn Goodwin have scored UNT’s points. FIU is getting a ton of good looks under the basket and is not hitting a thing.
I just got done rushing a blog on Omar Tebo up to the blog before tipoff. Didn’t have a chance to set the table for tonight’s UNT-FIU doubleheader. Needless to say, it’s a big game for both teams.
Here we go.