5:16 — SFA is on a 6-0 run and just had Jacob Parker break free for a dunk in the open floor. UNT is down 77-46 and on its way to a pretty demoralizing loss.
7:50 — UNT is down 69-42 at the third media timeout of the second half. Jordan Williams has 12 points for UNT. SFA looks like it has lost a little interest at this point. UNT is on a 7-3 run.
11:39 — We have hit the second media timeout of the second half with UNT down 62-35. Jordan Williams now leads UNT with eight points. UNT is toast at this point. It’s all about making this seem somewhat respectable at this point.
12:09 — Deshaunt Walker has pumped in two 3s and 10 straight points for SFA. The Jacks lead 62-33. UNT just called another timeout. UNT has 16 turnovers and 12 field goals. Brandan Walton still leads UNT with seven points.
15:21 — UNT has pulled to within 52-30 and will be headed to the line after this media timeout. Brandan Walton still leads UNT with seven points. UNT has outscored SFA 6-5 in the second half.
17:01 — Chris Jones has a strained muscle in his back and will not be … back.
19:39 — UNTs’ 23-point first half deficit is its worst of the Tony Benford era and the largest since a loss to UTA in 2011.
Halftime — We have hit halftime with UNT down 47-24. A large contingent of SFA fans are pretty happy. The UNT faithful? Not so much. SFA shot 56 percent in the first half. UNT shot 55 percent from the line. Yikes. Brandan Walton has seven points for UNT. I had a bad feeling about a game where UNT would be playing in the halfcourt a lot. UNT isn’t going to get a whole lot in transition in a game against a team like SFA. UNT is 9-for-23 from the field. Deshaunt Walker has 12 points for SFA.
1:23 — UNT is on a 4-0 run. SFA head coach Brad Underwood is livid and just called a timeout. UNT is down 43-24.
3:05 — Well, the SFA run is finally over. Final tally 24-4. Deshaunt Walker Jacob Parker pumped in back-to-back 3s before it was all said and done. SFA is up 41-20. Brandan Walton has seven points for UNT.
6:43 — UNT is getting run out of its own gym. SFA is on a 17-4 run and is up 33-16. TO UNT.
7:45 — SFA went on an 11-2 run before Brandan Walton stopped the run with a layup right before the media timeout. Walton drew a foul and is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. UNT is down 26-16. Walton has seven points and is keeping UNT around.
7:59 — UNT is down 26-14 and has taken a timeout.
11:24 — UNT is down 15-11 at the second media timeout. Brandan Walton just hit a shot in the lane and is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. Walton has four points to lead UNT. The Mean Green six turnovers so far, but has taken better care of the ball in the last couple of minutes. Rebounds
15:34 — SFA has run out to a 6-2 lead in the early going. Neither team is shooting the ball well. UNT is 1-for-5. SFA is 1-for-7. SFA has hit four free throws. Kelvin Gaines is in the game for UNT. He had his first shot blocked. SFA has the ball coming out of the timeout.
Update tipoff — In a side note, I asked about how UNT’s players fared in terms of grades. Everyone on the team did fine. In a side note, Keith Coleman is out today with an ankle injury.
UNT is taking on SFA in a rare Sunday afternoon tipoff. I’m here to to a little blogging along the way.
UNT had won two straight, but was throttled in its last game at BYU.
The big story today is that Kelvin Gaines will be back.
He is on the floor warming up. Gaines isn’t much of an offensive threat, but he is a good defender, sets good screens, rebounds and does the little things it takes to win.
UNT enters today’s game with a six-game winning streak against Southland Conference schools and has won its last two games against SFA.
SFA has won five straight. This will not be an easy game for UNT. The Jacks are good defensively and run there stuff really well on the offensive end.
It looks like it will be about a 50-50 split when it comes to UNT and SFA fans today.