Final — Tulane 73-62. UNT falls to 0-2 in Conference USA play.
2:01 — UNT is down 70-59 late. Tulane has the ball and just took a timeout. UNT has scored four straight, but TJ Taylor just missed consecutive free throws. That’s a killer when a team is trying to come back.
3:21 — UNT is down 68-55 late in the second half. Tulane is on an 8-2 run. T.J. Taylor has 16 points and Jordan Williams 12 for UNT. Tulane has gotten a couple of easy buckets late that were killers for UNT. Jonathan Stark has 20 points for Tulane.
4:21 — Tulane might have stuck a fork in UNT here. The Green Wave is on a 6-0 run capped by a Cameron Reynolds dunk. Tulane is up 66-53. UNT just called a timeout.
5:45 — UNT is down 60-53. T.J. Taylor just scored. UNT took a timeout. UNT is still in this one and needs stops.
7:35 — UNT is down 56-50 with Tulane headed to the line for a couple of free throws. Louis Dabney scored after UNT pulled to within four. Tulane got a turnover and a run-out that resulted in a UNT foul. Jordan Williams and T.J. Taylor both have 12 points for UNT.
8:58 — UNT has pulled to within 54-50 on a Jordan Williams 3. Tulane took a timeout. With Williams and TJ Taylor have 12.
11:17 — UNT is down 51-43 as we approach the midway point of the second half. UNT will have the ball coming out of this timeout. Jordan Williams hit a layup after Tulane went up 10. TJ Taylor is still UNT’s top scorer with 10 points. Williams has nine. UNT got to within four a couple of times, but Tulane is answering every time UNT makes a run.
14:07 — UNT is down 43-37 and hanging around here in the second half against Tulane. TJ Taylor has 10 points and has really taken over for the Mean Green. Jordan Williams and Vertrail Vaughns have seven each for UNT. Tulane is headed to the line out of this timeout. UNT pulled to within four a couple of times, but Tulane has had an answer each time.
18:25 — Well, this didn’t start well for UNT in the second half. Tulane has opened up on a 7-0 run and Jordan Williams just was T-ed up for slamming the ball into the floor after Tony Benford called a timeout. Williams has seven points to lead UNT.
Halftime — Jordan Williams just hit a huge 3 from the wing at the buzzer to tie the game up at 27-27 at halftime. UNT was down 10, but closed the half on a 13-3 run. Williams has seven points to lead UNT. Tulane had just three points in the final 5:15.
3:15 — That was a quick turn between a Tulane timeout and the media timout. UNT is still down 24-18 late in the first half. Not a really pretty game so far. Neither team is shooting it well. UNT is clawing its way back into it.
3:23 — UNT has scored four straight to pull within 24-18. Tulane took a timeout. Chris Jones has five points for UNT.
5:15 — Tulane guard Trey Drye just dropped a 3. UNT is down 24-14 and took a timeout.
7:55 — Tulane went on an 8-0 run over the last few minutes. Chris Jones stopped the run with a jumper, but Tulane is up 19-12 past the midway point of the first half. Colin Voss has four points for UNT, which is shooting 33 percent (5-for-15) from the field.
11:23 — We mentioned that Tulane has some good guards. Well, one is Jonathan Stark, who has 11 points for the Green Wave, which has run out to a 16-10 lead. Colin Voss has four points for UNT. UNT is shooting 36 percent from the field. UNT does have an 8-6 edge on the boards.
15:53 — UNT is down 5-3 at the first media timeout with Tulane headed to the line for a couple of free throws. UNT is 1-for-6 from the field. Jordan Williams hit a long jumper and Chris Jones added a free throw for UNT.
Tip off — Keith Coleman is starting today.
UNT is going to tip off its game against Tulane here at the Super Pit.
It’s about 30 minutes until game time and I’m here with 43 fans waiting for the festivities to begin.
It will be interesting to see how many people show for a 1 p.m. tip.
UNT played surprisingly well in its Conference USA opener against Southern Miss and was within one in the second half before falling 74-64.
Jordan Williams had 17 points and Maurice Aniefiok added 12 for UNT (9-6).
The matchup to watch in this one will be in the backcourt. Tulane has three really good guards who are all averaging 15 points or more.
Louis Dabney is averaging 18.2 points a game for the Green Wave.
UNT could have a bit of an advantage inside, if its forwards can turn it around. UNT didn’t play that well in the paint in the Southern Miss game.
I will be watching to see how Kelvin Gaines fares. He has not looked healthy since coming back from foot surgery.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all game.