UNT-USA running blog

Final — UNT falls 69-57. I will be back later.

3:33 — UNT is down 67-49 at the final media timeout of the second half. Alzee Williams is headed to the line for a pair of free throws.

5:28 — UNT is down 63-47 late in the second half. USA took a timeout after Alzee Williams got to the lane for a layup.

11:53 — UNT is down 46-36 midway through the second half. Tony Mitchell has UNT’s last seven points. He’s having a pretty good game.

14:01 — UNT is down 42-33, but has scored the last four points — all by Tony Mitchell. USA just took a 30-second timeout.

17:13 — USA has opened the second half on a 9-4 run and is up 39-28. UNT just called a timeout. UNT really needed to get off to a good start in the second half. This isn’t helping.

Halftime — UNT is down 30-24 at halftime. I will be back with some stats if they bring a sheet over.

1:10 — UNT is down 30-22. USA just took a timeout to set up the last 70 seconds.

4:18 — I got kicked off the wireless there for a few minutes. UNT is down 28-17 late in the first half.

15:36 (men’s game) — UNT is down 7-3 at the first media timeout. Alzee Williams completed a three-point play for the Mean Green’s only points so far.

Final — UNT falls 65-61. That’s five losses in six games for UNT.

3:05 — UNT is coming back behind Desiree Nelson, a senior who has been a bit player late in the year. Nelson has scored 10 straight for UNT, which has pulled to within 57-51. USA is headed to the line for a one-and-one opportunity.

7:19 — UNT is down 55-41 late in the first half and is in a world of hurt. BreAnna Dawkins was just called for a charge on a call that could have gone either way. Alexis Hyder has 16 points for UNT. No one else has had a very big day for UNT.

10:20 — USA is starting to pull away even with Mansa El on the bench. USA is on a 7-0 run and is up 52-37. UNT just took a timeout.

11:55 — UNT is down 47-37 at the second media timeout of the second half. UNT was within seven a few minutes ago. Camille Reynolds hit a big 3 for USA. Alexis Hyder has 14 for UNT.

14:28 — UNT is down 42-35 early in the second half. Laura McCoy just hit a big 3 for UNT. UNT has not taken many from behind the arc.

15:57 — UNT is down 39-30 at the first media timeout of the second half. Hannah Christian just hit a couple of free throws for UNT. USA is headed to the line for a couple of free throws out of the media timeout. Alexis Hyder has 14 for UNT.

18:20 — UNT finally snapped USA’s run, but not until the Jags had gone on a 16-0 surge. Mary Nixon hit a 3 to put USA up 34-26. Alexis Hyder hit a couple of free throws to get UNT within 34-28. UNT called a timeout to maintain possession on a loose ball.

Halftime — Well, that turned around in a flash. USA closed the half on a 13-0 run and is up 31-26 at the break. Alexis Hyder has 12 points for UNT. Mansa El has 12 for USA. The Jags really struggle to score. Letting them get on track late in the first half was about the last thing UNT needed to let happen.

3:40 — UNT is up 25-18 late in the first half. Alexis Hyder is having a big first half with 11 points. UNT really got a stranglehold on this game with that early 11-0.

7:11 — UNT is still up 17-11 at the third media timeout of the first half. USA is headed to the line. UNT caught a bit of a break when a USA 3 that looked like it was going to go down came out. Alexis Hyder has seven for UNT.

8:32 — UNT went on an 11-0 run and was up 17-6. USA has come back with five straight all by Mansa El.

10:13 — UNT is up 15-6. USA just took a timeout. Alexis Hyder has seven points for UNT.

11:46 — UNT is on a 6-0 run and is up 12-6 at the second media timeout of the first half. Alexis Hyder and Loryn Goodwin both have four points for UNT. USA is pretty terrible offensively. The Jags rank last in the Sun Belt at 56.3 points a game.

15:06 — We are all tied up at 6-6 at the first media timeout of the first half. UNT got off to a 4-0 start, but USA hit a 3 and converted a three-point play. Former UNT guard Mansa El was the player who came up with the three-point play.

UNT will face USA here in a few minutes at the Mitchell Center. The women play first with the men’s game to follow.

The UNT men have been on a roll lately, winning their last two games that went down to the wire. UNT beat Florida Atlantic in overtime and won by two at Troy to get to 6-12 in conference play.

The matchup everyone wants to see is Tony Mitchell vs. USA forward Austine Rubit, a 6-7 junior. Mitchell and Rubit are two of the best players in the league. Rubit is averaging 19.4 points and 10.7 rebounds a game. Mitchell is considered a better pro prospect and is averaging 13.3 points and 8.2 boards a game.

There are a ton of NBA guys on hand as usual.

Mitchell had a monster game here last year, going off for 34. It’s been a struggle for Mitchell this year for a variety of reasons. We will see if he can come up with another big performance tonight.

The UNT women have lost four of five and will face former UNT player Mansa El for the last time, unless the teams met up in the Sun Belt tournament. I have always wondered if she would go off against UNT at some point.

Loryn Goodwin is having a monster freshman year and leads UNT with an average of 13.7 points a game. Alexis Hyder is adding 13.5 and BreAnna Dawkins 10.4.

Here we go.

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