Final — ULM stuns UNT 81-68. I will be back later.
Update 1:10 — TO UNT. ULM is up 71-64 after ULM’s Marcelis Hansberry hit a dagger 3 as the shot clock expired.
Update 3:57 — UNT caught a break there. ULM had another player free on the slip to the basket, but the ball got caught up in a few feet and went out of bounds. ULM has a 64-61 lead the the ball coming out of the final media timeout. Jordan Williams and Justin Patton both have 16 points.
Update 4:35 — ULM has scored the last four points and is up 64-61 Jaylon James got free on a roll to the basket and hit a layup to put ULM up three.
Update 5:41 — UNT is up 61-60 late in the first half. ULM has the ball after calling a timeout.
Update 7:23 — We are all tied up at 57-57 as we get down to crunch time in the second half. Justin Patton is headed to the line for a pair of free throws. Jordan Williams has 16 points for UNT.
Update 9:12 — UNT is up 54-53 after Tony Mitchell nailed a 3 from the wing. Mitchell has 12. Justin Patton is having one of his better games of the season with 16 points.
Update 15:55 — UNT is up 39-37 at the first media timeout of the second half. Tony Mitchell has four points in the second half and nine for the game so far.
update halftime — We have reached half with UNT all tied up with ULM at 30-30. Jordan Williams has 13 for UNT.
Update 2:47 — UNT is up 28-24 late in the first half. UNT went on a 16-0 run to pull ahead. Jordan Williams has 13 for UNT.
Update 4:20 — UNT is on a 14-0 run and is up 26-21. ULM just took a timeout.
Update 7:33 — ULM is up 21-15 at the third media timeout of the first half. Jordan Williams is about the only guy keeping UNT in this one. He has 11 of UNT’s points.
Update 8:42 — ULM has just hit back-to-back 3s to take a 21-13 lead. UNT just called a timeout.
Update 11:48 — Ducked out there for a minute to go catch up with the women’s team, but UNT is down 11-9 at the second media timeout. Jordan Williams is on fire and has nine points for UNT. No one else is doing much.
Update men’s tip — Alzee Williams is not playing tonight due to a violation of team rules.
update 3:28 – UNT is up 75-50 at the final media timeout. Laura McCoy 17 and Sara Stanley 15.
Update 7:52 — UNT is cruising to the finish here at the Super Pit and leads 66-40 late in the second half. Sara Stanley has 15 to lead four UNT players in double figures. Loryn Goodwin and Laura McCoy both have 12. UNT is shooting 51 percent from the floor.
Update 11:55 — UNT is up 55-36 as we approach the midway point of the second half. UNT has four players in double figures led by Sara Stanley with 15. Alexis Hyder (11), Laura McCoy (11) and Loryn Goodwin (10) have all but eight of UNT’s points.
Update 13:14 — UNT is up 55-36, but has missed four of its last six free-throw attempts. Sara Stanley has 15 for UNT. In a side note, Arkansas-Little Rock is in a dog fight with Troy at the moment. UNT could be tied for first place in the Sun Belt’s West Division after this game.
Update 15:35 — UNT is up 52-32 early in the second half. Laura McCoy has 11 points and Alexis Hyder 10. UNT is shooting 55 percent from the floor. UNT has forced 19 turnovers on the night.
Halftime — UNT is up 44-27 at halftime after hitting 18 of 28 from the floor in the first half. Laura McCoy has 11 points for UNT.
Update 3:09 — UNT is up 39-20 late in the first half. The Blonde Bomber is in one of those zones she gets in every once in a while. She just hit her third 3. She (Laura McCoy) has 11 to lead UNT.
Update 4:15 — UNT is still in control with a 34-18 lead late in the first half. Loryn Goodwin and Laura McCoy both have eight for UNT. The Blonde Bomber has two 3s so far.
Update 7:18 — UNT is up 27-11 past the midway points of the second half. Some random girl is currently drilling free throws in one of those fan contests. UNT is shooting just about as well. The Mean Green has hit 12 of 19 from the floor. Laura McCoy and Alexis Hyder have six points each.
Update 11:37 — UNT is still cruising here at the Super Pit at the second media timeout of the half. The Mean Green is up 22-9. Alexis Hyder has six points for the Mean Green. UNT is 10-for-14 from the field.
Update 15:45 — UNT is up 14-5 at the first media timeout after going on an early 14-0 run. Loryn Goodwin has five points for UNT. The Mean Green has hit six of its eight shots from the floor.
Update 18:31 — UNT is off and running in the women’s game at 7-2. Laura McCoy got UNT going with a 3.
The UNT women are about to tip off their game against ULM, starting a full five hours (probably more) of Mean Green basketball.
The UNT men play next.
Bottom line — ULM is pretty much terrible in both men’s and women’s basketball.
UNT has to win both of these games. The UNT women can set up a pretty big game next week against Arkansas Little Rock with a win. UALR is one game ahead of UNT in the standings.
The UNT men are trying to dig their way out of a big hole after a bad start. UNT is 6-9 and 1-3 in league play, but has already gone to Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. If UNT is going to make a move, this is when it is going to need to do it. A win over Troy in its last game was a good start.
Tony Mitchell went off last game with 29 points and 15 rebounds. What will be interesting to see is how P.J. Hardwick plays in his second game starting at the point.
Here we go. Check back. I will update the blog all night.