UNT-ASU running blog

Final — ASU 75, UNT 66. I will be back tomorrow with some thoughts. Long drive back.

49.5 — UNT is down 70-64. Clarke Overlander hit a 3 from the wing to at least make things a little more interesting.

1:16 — Trey Finn hit a monster 3 for ASU at the shock clock buzzer. UNT is down 69-61.

1:42 — UNT is down 66-60 in overtime.

End of regulation — We are all tied up at 59-59. UNT turned it over on the in-bounds play. ASU nearly scored at the buzzer. Remember, UNT will not have PJ Hardwick in overtime. He has fouled out.

4.0 — ASU just tied it at 59-59. Alzee Williams hit the second free throw. Cameron Golden hit a 3 coming off a double screen. UNT will get a look here at the end of regulation.

12.5 — UNT is up 58-56. Alzee Williams missed the first of two free throws. He has another coming out of this timeout.

13.7 — UNT is up 58-56. ASU hit a 3 on its fifth try on one possession. UNT just took a timeout.

43.1 — UNT is up 57-53 with Clarke Overlander at the line for a free throw.

1:08 — UNT is going to pull this one out. The Mean Green is up 57-50.

3:12 — PJ Hardwick just fouled out on a touch call. That hurts UNT, which is up 52-47.

3:58 — Tony Mitchell hit a huge 3 after the last media timeout to give UNT some breathing room. UNT is up 52-47. Jordan Williams has 17 points and Mitchell 14 for UNT. The Mean Green is in a great spot to close this one out, if it can make some plays down the stretch.

7:41 — UNT is still up, but things are getting tight. UNT is up 45-43 and just caught a huge break when ASU pulled down a defensive rebound and stepped out of bounds. UNT will have the ball coming out of the timeout. ASU is on a 13-4 run. Jordan Williams has 15 points for UNT.

11:01 — Neither team scored between the timeout Tony Benford called and the media timeout. UNT has the ball coming out of the timeout. UNT hasn’t scored in more than four minutes.

11:58 — UNT was up 11 after Tony Mitchell scored, but ASU is on a 6-0 run and has pulled to within 41-36. Jordan Williams has 12 and Mitchell 11. UNT needs to make a push right here.

15:07 — UNT is up 41-32 at the first media timeout of the second half. Jordan Williams has 12 and Tony Mitchell 11. UNT was up 11 on a Tony Mitchell jumper, but ASU answered with a Cameron Golden jumper. UNT has a 25-17 edge in rebounds.

Halftime — Here’s a pretty good indication of how the first half went for UNT. The Mean Green had the ball last, had the play break down and was left with a look from 3 for Niko Stojiljkovic. He banked it in at the buzzer to put UNT up 36-28. Jordan Williams has 12 in the first half. Tony Mitchell has nine. UNT shot the heck out of it to the tune of 50 percent from the floor.

3:45 — UNT is still down 23-22 and turned the ball over on its last possession. ASU will have the ball coming out the of the timeout. Tony Mitchell drove it to the paint and hit Alzee Williams, but UNT didn’t get a shot off. Tony Benford was calling for Mitchell to shoot it in that spot.

4:00 — ASU is on an 8-0 run and just took a 23-22 lead on a Cameron Golden 3. UNT just called a timeout.

7:09 — UNT pushed its lead to 20-11, but ASU has scored the last four points to pull to within 20-15. Tony Mitchell and Jordan Williams both have five points for UNT. ASU is 2-for-8 from 3, which is helping. The zone is working for Tony Benford and UNT so far.

9:03 — Tony Mitchell just hit a 3 to put UNT up 20-11. Mitchell and Jordan Williams both have five points for UNT, which is shooting 64 percent (9-for-14) from the floor. This is the best UNT has played in a while.

9:31 — UNT is up 17-11 and just took a timeout. Jordan Williams has five for UNT.

15:52 — UNT is up 8-5 at the first media timeout after hitting four of its first six shots. That zone is working well. ASU is 2-for-6 from the floor.

16:48 — Good start for UNT. The Mean Green is up 6-5. Tony Mitchell scored right off the bat. Good sign. UNT is in a 2-3 zone.

I’m here in Jonesboro for UNT’s game against Arkansas State.

It’s the last time for the trip to Jonesboro, which gets longer every time I drive it.

UNT has struggled lately, losing its last three games, including a stunner against Louisiana-Lafayette in its last time out. UNT lost 105-74, its worst loss in a conference game in a decade.

UNT will look to bounce back today against the Red Wolves.

If UNT loses today, it would ensure the Mean Green of finishing with a losing record in the regular season for the first time since the 2002-04 campaign.