UNT-Troy thoughts

UNT snapped its three-game slide tonight — thanks largely to Tony Mitchell — by beating a really bad Troy team 76-59.

Mitchell had 29 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

Troy is a smallish team, but Mitchell’s night was impressive any way you slice it.

The interesting tidbit was what Tony Benford said afterward. Apparently, Mitchell told his coach the last week or so that he felt like he needed to pick it up.

Mitchell did tonight, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that is what he does the rest of the way.

Jacob Holmen is out about a week with a bad foot, which is pretty well timed considering UNT has Troy and Louisiana-Monroe, two of the worst teams in the Sun Belt on the schedule.

Keith Coleman was suspended for a violation of team rules tonight and continues to contribute little.

P.J. Hardwick had been nothing more than a bit player as well, but stepped in tonight with Chris Jones out. Hardwick handed out seven assists while playing 31 minutes.

UNT is going to need him play well with Jones sitting there on the bench with a broken foot.

What I thought was really important was that UNT looked good in the halfcourt, where the team had been something of a dumpster fire at times this season. UNT shot 48.3 percent, including 50 percent in the second half. Jordan Williams said UNT finally carried over what it has been working on in practice to games offensively.

There appeared to be a plan once UNT got into halfcourt situations and the Mean Green executed the plan.

It’s one win, in a showdown between the two teams without a win in Sun Belt play heading into the night.

It’s not a reason to get super excited, but it’s a step in the right direction.

At this point, that’s more than good enough.