UNT-ULM basketball thoughts

In a season full of baffling losses, the UNT men’s setback against Louisiana-Monroe last night ranked right up there with the most confusing of them all.

I went over it in the paper today.

UNT was up 15 and fell apart in an 85-73 loss.

Head coach Tony Benford placed the blame primarily on UNT’s defense, and rightly so.

“We scored enough points, but defensively we were terrible,” UNT coach Tony Benford said. “It was our worst defensive night of the year.

UNT was awful in the second half. ULM came into the night ranked last in the Sun Belt with an average of 59.9 points a game and somehow managed to hang 53 on UNT in the second half.

The Warhawks have won four games all season, and two of those wins have come against UNT. ULM has scored 80 points twice this season — both times against UNT.

You just wonder how much UNT has left in the emotional tank at this point in the year.

It’s too bad because UNT’s loss in the men’s game overshadowed another big game from Loryn Goodwin, who hit a monster 3 to give UNT a 76-75 win. Goodwin hit seven 3s again, the last with the final seconds running off the clock.

If this was guys basketball we would describe this in another way, but let’s just say the way Goodwin, a freshman, took that shot in that spot took some intestinal fortitude.

UNT has struggled to be consistent this year, but has the young players to build around for the future in Goodwin and Hyder.

UNT will play at Troy tomorrow.

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