Late-night hoops thoughts

North Texas guards Chris Jones, left, and Jordan Williams chase a rebound during the Mean Green's win over Marshall on Thursday. (The Herald-Dispatch/Sholten Singer)

UNT needed a win in the worst way heading into its game at Marshall on Thursday.

The Mean Green picked up that win in impressive fashion, hammering the Thundering Herd 80-65. Throw in the fact that the NCAA granted a waiver to teams across the country who exceeded the four-game limit for contests against Division I teams, and UNT (10-7, 1-2) won twice in the same day.

Not a bad deal.

Bottom line — After dropping its first two C-USA games at home, UNT would have been toast — crispy toast — if it had lost to Marshall, which was also 0-2 in league play.

Jordan Williams scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second career double-double and Colin Voss added 16 points and nine rebounds to help UNT avoid that fate.

What might have been even more important was a solid game from Kelvin Gaines. The Cincinnati transfer played a season-high 16 minutes and helped anchor UNT’s defense. UNT is going to need Gaines to help it build on its win over Marshall. He is starting to look a better after recovering from a stress fracture in his foot.

UNT will have a chance to get to .500 when it faces Charlotte on Saturday.

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