Have to feel good for Benford/UNT after win over ASU

North Texas guard Alzee Williams takes a shot in the lane during the Mean Green's win over Arkansas State on Thursday night at the Super Pit. (Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton)

Arkansas State won the Sun Belt West Division title this season, but UNT got a measure of revenge last night with its 74-50 win over the Red Wolves.

There was not much on the line. ASU had already cut down the nets, but it was an important game for UNT to send its seniors out on a high note, and for Tony Benford. ASU coach John Brady went off on Benford after the Red Wolves won the first meeting between the teams this year.

Brady said that Benford would never make it as a head coach. Brady has some skins on the wall, including a trip to the Final Four as the head coach at LSU. Benford is just starting out as a head coach and has endured a tough year filled with injuries and losses no one expected UNT to suffer.

It’s way too early to start calling Benford’s tenure at UNT a failure. Brady seemed a little out of line in that regard, and it sure looked like UNT was determined to make a point in the last meeting between the teams for the foreseeable future.

UNT made a statement for itself and Benford with one of its most complete performances of the season.

UNT’s zone gave ASU fits and the Mean Green played one of its better all-around games offensively.

UNT still has a chance to end its season on a high note in the conference tournament and enters off a big win over ASU, not to mention a statement game for Benford.

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