Final — Chris Jones hit a runner at the buzzer that bounced off the rim and in. UNT wins 65-63.
14.3 — Believe it or not, we are all tied up at 63-63. UNT has the ball coming out of a timeout. UNT has missed the front end of three one-and-ones in the final 1:06.
49.8 — UNT is up 62-57 with Chris Jones headed to the line.
2:25 — Tymell Murphy just hit a 3 for FIU to pull the Golden Panthers within 58-50. FIU took a timeout to set up its press.
3:32 — UNT is up 56-45 at the final media timeout of the second half. UNT is in a perfect spot to hang on for the win. It would be pretty tough for UNT not to hang on at this point. Jordan Williams has 13 for UNT.
3:45 — UNT is still up 56-45 and just took a timeout while trapped on the sideline.
4:28 — It looks like UNT is going to get out of here with a win. UNT is up 56-43 and just took a timeout.
7:20 — UNT is in position to win consecutive games for the first time since early January. The Mean Green is up 56-43 and cruising. This was a tight six-point game, but UNT has gone on a 7-0 run. Jordan Williams has 13 points.
8:51 — UNT is on a 5-0 run and has a 54-43 lead as we head down the stretch in the second half. FIU just took a 30-second timeout.
11:47 — FIU has pulled to within 47-39 and is headed to the line. FIU was within six a couple of minutes ago. Kelvin Gaines was called for that last foul.
13:15 — FIU is on a 6-2 run and has pulled to within 45-37. UNT just called a timeout.
15:39 — UNT is up 43-31 at the first media timeout of the second half. FIU is headed to the line for a couple of free throws. Jordan Williams had UNT’s last basket and has five points in the second half and now leads the Mean Green with 10. Tymell Murphy has all three of UNT’s points in the second half.
17:23 — UNT has opened the second half on a 7-2 run and has a a 41-30 lead. FIU has just taken a timeout. Jordan Williams has three points in the second half for UNT.
Halftime — UNT is up 34-28 at halftime. Both teams turned the ball over in the final 30 seconds. UNT led by as many as eight before FIU scored a late bucket. UNT shut down the Golden Panthers late in the half defensively. Alzee Williams has eight points for UNT, which has eight players who have scored. Tymell Murphy has taken just six shots so far. He is one of the best players in C-USA and is averaging 16.2 points a game. Murphy does have eight points.
37.2 — UNT is up 34-28 with 32 seconds left on the shot clock and just took its first-half 30 second timeout. UNT has opened up a solid lead here late in the first half.
2:38 — UNT is up 28-24 at the final media timeout of the first half. UNT is in the midst of a 10-2 run. FIU is headed to the line. UNT is holding its own in the paint and has a 15-14 edge in rebounds. Alzee Williams has eight points for UNT.
5:10 — Alzee Williams just scored his 1,00th point on a layup.
7:50 — FIU is up 20-18 at the third media timeout of the first half. The Golden Panthers were up five, but TJ Taylor hit a 3 and Chris Jones hit a layup in transition and is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. Alzee Williams has four points for UNT.
10:37 — FIU has come back to tie this one up at 13-13 at the second media timeout of the first half. FIU is on a 7-2 run and has started to get the ball inside where it has a big advantage. Rakeem Buckels has seven points for FIU. Alzee Williams has four for UNT.
15:58 — That was a quick turnaround between the FIU timeout and the media timeout. UNT is up 9-2 and just got a huge block. Alzee Williams has four points and is just one short of his 1,000th in his UNT career. Jordan Williams hit a big 3 for UNT to help the Mean Green get off to a good start.
16:44 — UNT has run out to a 9-2 lead. FIU has taken a timeout.
After a long plane ride and a whole lot of time working on the story of Noah Joseph’s departure from UNT, we are ready to kick off the running blog for tonight’s UNT-Florida International men’s basketball game.
Big time UNT booster Ernie Kuehne, who has a house in the area, is here for tonight’s game.
UNT snapped a five-game losing streak last time out when the Mean Green held on late for a win over East Carolina.
A couple of interesting aspects of tonight’s game:
– Alzee Williams should go over the 1,000-point mark tonight. He needs just five more points to become the 20th player in UNT history to reach that milestone.
– Kelvin Gaines is from right up the road and will be a part of a key matchup tonight. FIU has two of the better forwards in the league in Tymell Murphy and Rakeem Buckels, who are averaging 7.4 and 8.8 rebounds a game, respectively. UNT has struggled inside all season long and has depended heavily on Colin Voss, who might not be the best matchup for a couple of good athletes.
– UNT is looking at this trip as a chance to make a late run at a bye in the conference tournament. UNT is two games behind both FIU and Florida Atlantic in the conference standings and plays both on this trip.