Late-night hoops thoughts

North Texas forward Armani Flanigan (4) and junior forward Colin Voss try to block a shot by UAB center Fahro Alihodzic on Thursday at the Super Pit

UNT really needed to make a move to get back into the Conference USA race heading into the week.

So far so good.

UNT posted a 76-65 win over a pretty good UAB team at the Super Pit on Thursday after closing out a game that could have easily gotten away, just like a game last week at Charlotte.

UNT was up late seven in both games.

The Mean Green let the game against the 49ers get away, but capitalized on its opportunity against UAB, which has wins over North Carolina and Rutgers this year. UNT is now 2-3 in league play.

T.J. Taylor hit the big shot — a 3 to highlight a 7-0 run after UAB pulled to within three points with just under eight minutes left.

UNT finally started Taylor for the first time and saw him respond with 13 points. Alzee Williams was great off the bench with 18 on 8-for-12 shooting. Jordan Williams also had a nice night with 16 points.

The big concern for UNT heading into the game was the glass. UNT was pounded pretty good — the final tally was 53-39 — but UAB couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half, shooting just 18.4 percent. UNT continued to play well in its 2-3 zone.

UAB couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from the free throw line, either, especially in the second half. The Blazers went 15-for-28 on the night, 11-for-23 in the second half.

UNT shot the ball well overall, which really helped matters. The Mean Green went 8-for-16 from 3 and shots 49.2 percent from the field for the game.

UNT will look to build on the win and hit the .500 mark in league play at home against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

Brandan Walton was out tonight with a concussion, but should be ready to go against the Blue Raiders.

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