Final — OU wins 95-82. I will be back later. Maybe tomorrow.
2:37 — Alzee Williams just scored under the basket. He has 22 points for UNT, which called a timeout. OU is up 89-77.
3:33 — OU has pretty much finished off UNT here in Norman. The Sooners have scored the last four points and are up 87-73. Alzee Williams has 18 points for UNT. Four UNT players have scored in double figures.
7:27 — UNT is down 80-71 as we head down the stretch in the second half. The Mean Green keeps hanging around. A couple of plays in a row would make this really interesting.
9:13 — UNT just grabbed a loose ball and called timeout
9:56 — OU is up 74-65 midway though the second half. OU just took a timeout after struggling to get the ball in. Chris Jones (12) and Jordan Williams (11) are now both in double figures. Jordan Williams hit a 3 from the corner to pull UNT within six a few minutes ago.
11:35 — UNT has made this a whole lot more interesting than anyone expected. UNT went on an 8-0 run behind a three-point play and a 3 from Jordan Williams to pull the Mean Green to within 66-62. OU answered with a 3 and is up 69-62.
15:59 — Every time it looks like OU is really going to blow this game open, someone from UNT hits a big shot, Alzee Williams just hit a 3 from the wing to pull UNT to withhin 59-49. Alzee and Keith Coleman both have 14 points for UNT. UNT has hit five 3s.
Halftime — We have reached halftime with OU up 48-38. Keith Coleman had eight points in the first half in one of the best performances of his career. Chris Jones has 10 points at the break. OU went on a 9-0 run to break it open. UNT has hit four 3s in the first half, which has really helped. OU is shooting 53 percent from the floor.
3:14 — OU is starting to open it up here in Norman. Chris Jones scored five straight points, but OU has come back with five straight and is up 42-28. Keith Coleman has eight and Chris Jones seven for UNT.
4:56 — OU is on an 8-0 run and has opened up a 35-23 lead. UNT just took a timeout. Keith Coleman still leads UNT with eight points.
7:01 — UNT is down 28-21 and is headed to the line for a couple of free throws. UNT is hanging in after OU made a big run to take the lead. Keith Coleman has eight points to pace UNT. Alzee Williams has four.
10:53 — Tony Benford is pretty upset. Fouls — UNT 8, OU 2.
11:24 — OU is up 20-15 at the second media timeout of the first half. UNT was down seven, but Armani Flannigan hit a shot in the lane. Maurice Aniefiok had a big 3 to get UNT within two before OU scored five straight.
14:47 — UNT got off to a great start and was up 6-2. UNT looks a ton better than it did in its opener against Northwood, but OU is on a 7-0 run and has Frank Booker headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. The Soooners are up 11-8. It’s starting to look like Keith Coleman really has improved as much as UNT’s staff has said. The big guy has six points already.
I have cruised up to Norman at illegal speeds after finishing up my stories for both papers on Brandon McCoy receiving the Armed Forces Merit Award and am here at the Lloyd Noble Center for the UNT’s men’s game against Oklahoma.
UNT escaped a win over Northwood in its last outing. It will be a little tougher here north of the Red River.
Tony Benford suggested that UNT might have been looking forward to this game when it had a tough go most of the way in a 72-67 squeaker against Nothwood.
We are about to find out if that was the case.
In an interesting side note, this is a rematch of the old Denison (TJ Taylor) vs. Sherman (Cameron Clark) battles of a few years ago. Both were rated among the top players in Texas/the country.
It looks like Colin Voss will be a go again. He is working his way back from injury.
A few UNT fans have made it up to Norman, including a few who are usually in the courtside seats.