Final — UNT hangs on to knock off Wayland Baptist 81-77.
27.7 — UNT dodged a bullet there. Wayland Baptist had a good look at a 3 to tie it and missed. It looks like UNT will pull it out. Its UNT 77-72.
1:13 — I skipped a media TO there to send a story in to the paper. UNT is up 73-69 and just took a timeout. It looks like UNT is going to pull this one out.
7:50 — UNT is up 61-55 at the third media timeout of the second half. UNT just can’t seem to put WB away.
11:43 — UNT is clinging to a 54-51 lead midway through the second half. Alzee Williams has 15 points for UNT.
14:41 — It looks like Chris Jones just turned his ankle or has a cramp.
15:59 — UNT is up 48-41 in the second half here at the Super Pit. Alzee Williams is carrying the Mean Green. he has nine points in the second half.
18:41 — Wayland Baptist took a 37-35 lead early in the second half, but UNT is on a 7-0 run and is back up 42-37.
Halftime — UNT is up 35-33 at halftime of its game against Wayland Baptist here at the Super Pit. UNT was down eight before closing the half on a 10-0 run behind Chris Jones, who had five points in the surge.
2:47 — UNT was down eight just a few minutes ago, but has rallied to pull within 33-31 late in the first half. Chris Jones has scored four points in a 6-0 run after fell behind 33-25.
7:45 — UNT came back to tie up its game with Wayland Baptist, but lost a shooter in the corner. He hit it. WB is up 24-21.
8:47 — Wayland Baptist is on a 13-2 run and just got an open court dunk to go up 21-17.
11:50 men’s game — I missed a media timeout to start the men’s game, but we are all tied up at 15-15. Colin Voss has six points for UNT. T.J. Taylor has five. UNT was up 15-8, but Wayland Baptist is on a 7-0 run.
Final — UNT falls 84-79.
36.6 — SMU hit a couple of free throws before Janis Peterson hit a 3 for UNT. It’s 83-79. UNT needs a steal.
54.6 — UNT is down 81-76, but has the ball coming out of a timeout after Alexis Hyder grabbed an offensive rebound.
1:46 — Keena Mays just hit a huge 3 to put SMU up 79-74. SMU fans had the SMU, SMU chant going there for a minute. UNT still has a chance here, but the Mean Green needs a bucket on this possession.
Overtime — I was right. Hyder had a shot coming across the lane to win it. It rolled out. We are headed to overtime. Janis Peterson has 20 for UNT. Hyder has 14.
29.4 — SMU has tied it up on a Keena Mays layup. UNT took a timeout and will have a chance to take the last shot for the win. I would expect UNT to go to Alexis Hyder in the post.
1:14 — SMU is making hit interesting. It’s 69-67 UNT.
4:30 — UNT is up 67-57 after Laura McCoy scored at the rim on a backcut. Janis Peterson has 20 for UNT. This is going to be arguably the biggest win for UNT in some time.
5:23 — It looks like UNT is going to pull this off. The Mean Green is up 65-57 after a rebound putback.
7:49 — UNT has pulled ahead and has a 61-56 lead late in the second half. UNT has gotten hot from 3. Hannah Christian has hit a couple of 3s during an 11-1 run. SMU has really gone cold of the offensive end.
10:02 — UNT has pulled within 55-53 on a Janis Peterson 3. She has 20 points for UNT. SMU has gone dry on the offensive end.
11:53 — SMU is up 52-47 midway through the second half. Janis Peterson has 17 points and Alexis Hyder 10 for UNT. The Mean Green keeps hanging around and will have the ball out of the timeout following a jump ball call.
14:54 — UNT has pulled to within 49-45 early in the second half. SMU has called a timeout. UNT has been within four twice now in the second half. Janis Peterson has 17 for UNT.
16:30 — UNT has pulled to within 45-39 early in the second half. Janis Peterson has scored nine points in the second half for UNT. She hit two 3s and was fouled on one of them. She missed the free throw, but was fouled on another 3 she missed and made all three shots at the line. Peterson has 17 for the game.
Halftime — UNT closed the half well, going on a 10-1 run to pull within 37-28. Janis Peterson has eight points to lead UNT. The Mean Green went 4-for-4 from the line during its run, one Laura McCoy finished with a floater in the lane. Keena Mays has 16 points for SMU.
2:38 — UNT is on a 6-1 run. SMU is uip 37-24 and just called a timeout.
3:20 — SMU is pulling away from UNT here at the Super Pit. The Mustangs doubled UNT up and are currently up 36-20. Janis Peterson has eight points for UNT. Keena Mays has 16 for SMU.
6:55 — SMU has broken it open here a bit, pushing its lead to 27-16 late in the first half. SMU went on a 10-2 run. The Mustangs followed up that burst by scoring the last five points and is headed to the line. UNT is shooting just 21 percent from the field and has struggled to find good shots against SMU’s zone. UNT has jacked up nine 3s
11:51 — SMU has scored the last four points and is up 16-11. UNT didn’t get the call when it appeared as if it had taken a charge earlier. Alexis Hyder was just called for a charge on a similar play. Mike Petersen is pretty upset. Acheil Tac has foru points and five boards for UNT., Hyder also has four.
12:47 — It looked like SMU might pull away when Keena Mays hit a 3 to put the Mustangs up four, but UNT keeps hanging in. It’s 12-11 SMU.
15:22 — UNT is up 7-6 early on SMU. UNT got down 4-0, but got going when Janis Peterson stuck a 3. Acheil Tac hit a couple of free throws and put UNT up with a jumper.
UNT is about to tip off its doubleheader — five hours of Mean Green hoops greatness — and I’m here to do a little blogging along the way.
The UNT women take on SMU (otherwise known as the evil empire around Denton). The UNT men will then take on NAIA power Wayland Baptist.
There is some debate about the exact series record, but the bottom line is UNT rarely has success against SMU outside of soccer.
SMU has won six out of its last seven against UNT and leads the series 28-15. In football, the count is 28-4-1 in favor of SMU.
That history shows why a win today would be huge for UNT.
The Mustangs are really good this year, which will make breaking through tough. SMU is 8-2 and receiving votes in the Top 25. Janis Peterson has come on lately for UNT and will play a big role in today’s game. She has averaged 21 points a game in UNT’s last two.
SMU is led by Keena Mays, who is averaging 19.8 points a game.
UNT will face NAIA power Wayland Baptist in the second game. UNT is 6-5 and can stack up a few more wins before the start of Conference USA play. C-USA will be a tough road to hoe for the Mean Green — at least if you look at it on paper.
Chris Jones is questionable for today’s game with a bad back, which will make the play of Alzee Williams all the more important. Williams is averaging 14.0 points a game and will see a lot of time at the point if Jones can’t go.
Tony Benford’s nephew Juhreece Thompson plays for Wayland Baptist, which is 7-1 and looking to pull off the upset.
This is a game UNT has to win.
UNT fans will come unglued if the Mean Green manages to lose this one.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all day.