UNT-Tulane running blog

Final — UNT falls 66-61. UNT is done on both sides early in the conference tournament again this year. Chris Jones missed a layup on a late drive with UNT down one and Brandan Walton came up short on what would have been a game-tying 3.

:51 — UNT is down 62-59 after Tulane scored on that short shot clock situation. UNT missed, but got a tip out and a rebound. Don’t have to have a 3 right here if you are UNT, just a good shot.

1:07 — UNT is down 60-59. Tulane has the ball, but has just four seconds on the shot clock. Brandan Walton hit one of two at the line last UNT possession.

2:17 — Tulane has taken a 60-58 lead on a pair of Jonathan Stark free throws and has taken a timeout. Stark has the game’s last four points.

3:46 — We are tied again at 56-56, but Jonathan Stark is headed to the line to try to complete a three-point play. Maurice Aniefiok scored UNT’s last points when he drove the baseline and scored on a layup. Nifty drive by Mo. Brandan Walton has 13 and Aniefiok 10 for UNT.

4:32 — We are all tied up at 54-54 in the second half. UNT just took a timeout after looking out of sorts on an offensive possession.

5:45 — Tulane briefly took the lead at 52-51, but Vertrail Vaughns has hit three free throws. 54-52 UNT.

7:55 — UNT is up 50-48 at the third media timeout of the half and has Jordan Williams headed to the line. UNT got him the ball on the baseline, where he could go up with it. Brandan Walton has 13 points for UNT. He has shot the ball really well today.

8:08 — Louis Dabney just hit a layup over Colin Voss. UNT is up 50-48 and just called a timeout. Tulane has hit three 3s in the last couple of minutes.

9:17 — Alzee Williams has a cut, thus a quick break. Tulane has hit back-to-back 3s. UNT 48-43.

11:18 — UNT has scored four straight to push its lead back to eight at 37-45. Colin Voss made a great play after Tulane grabbed a rebound and had a chance to extend its run, getting a steal and drawing a foul. He hit both shots and Brandan Walton hit a jumper. UNT might have turned the tide back its way with that little burst.

12:59 — Tulane has found its form offensively and is on an 11-2 run. UNT is up 41-37. We have a game now. Payton Henson hit a 3 and a couple of free throws to get Tulane going. UNT has fallen into a bit of a funk offensively and has its only points during Tulane’s run on a Vertrail Vaughns jumper. Maurice Aniefiok as 10 for UNT.

15:04 — UNT is up 39-29 at the first media timeout of the second half. Tulane is headed to the line for a couple of free throws. Tulane has two 3s in the second half, including one from Payton Henson that cut UNT’s lead to 10. Brandan Walton continues to play well for UNT and hit a 3 for UNT’s first points of the half. Walton has eight points. Maurice Aniefiok still leads UNT with 10.

Halftime — UNT is up 32-21 at halftime here at the Haskins Center. UNT played really well defensively early. Maurice Aniefiok has 10 points for UNT. The Mean Green hit all eight of its free throws and four of its eight 3-point attempts. Tulane’s three key guards who combined for 49 points in the teams’ regular season meeting have just 12 points at halftime. That might be the best half UNT has played all year.

59.4 — UNT is headed to the line. Vertrail Vaughns drew a foul on a drive. We are in a brief timeout after a Tulane player was poked in the eye.

3:50 — UNT is up 28-19 at the final media timeout of the first half. Maurice Aniefiok has 10 points for UNT. Tulane pulled to within eight before Aniefiok scored four straight. Jay Hook answered with a 3 for Tulane. UNT is 4-for-7 from 3.

5:34 — UNT is up 24-16 and has Maurice Aniefiok headed to the line coming out of a media timeout. Aniefiok has six points to lead UNT. Brandan Walton has five points. UNT is on a bit of a dry spell after going up 13. UNT has just two free throws since.

6:19 — Tulane is on a 7-2 run and has pulled to within 24-16. UNT just called a timeout to regroup.

8:41 — Brandan Walton just drew a charge. UNT is up 22-11 and will have the ball coming out of this timeout. Maurice Aniefiok has six points for UNT.

10:25 — Jordan Williams hit a 3 and Alzee Williams scored in transition during a 5-0 UNT burst. The Mean Green is up 22-9. Tulane just called another timeout. UNT is playing really well defensively.

14:05 — UNT has pushed its lead to 12-4 and is off to a really good start here in the first half at the Haskins Center. Colin Voss has four points already.

15:57 — UNT is up 7-4 at the first media timeout of the first half. Maurice Aniefiok hit a key 3 early for UNT. Alzee Williams and Colin Voss have also scored for UNT. Tre Drye has all four of Tulane’s points.

Tioff — UNT’s starters are: Jordan Williams, Colin Voss, Alzee Williams, Brandan Walton and Armani Flannigan.

Update 12:59 — Pretty good UNT crowd on hand. The UNT women’s team and coaches stayed to cheer on the men. Mike Petersen and the crew are in the house. A handful of the familiar UNT fans one sees at the Super Pit all the time are here as well.

UNT will tip off its game against Tulane in the second round of the Conference USA tournament here at the Haskins Center in a few minutes.

UNT beat Rice in a nail-biter in the first round, thanks largely to Chris Jones, who hit two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime and then hit two more to give UNT the win at the end of overtime.

UNT faced Tulane once already this season, falling at home 73-62.

UNT really struggled to contain Tulane guards Jay Hook, Louis Dabney and Jonathan Stark. The trio combined for 49 points. That kind of performance is pretty typical for the Green Wave. Those three guards all average between 13.9 and 15.8 points a game.

UNT got big games from Brandan Walton, Colin Voss and Jordan Williams in its first-round win. Walton had 17 points and Colin Voss 16. Williams had 11 points and 14 rebounds, the most for a UNT player this season.

The Mean Green could have a bit of an advantage inside with Voss and the rest of its big guys. Voss is the only interior player UNT has who has been consistent, but Armani Flannigan, Kelvin Gaines and Keith Coleman have the ability to jump up and give the Mean Green some production it isn’t expecting.

Voss had nine rebounds in UNT’s first-round win, which was huge.

The one interesting aspect of this game is these teams are fairly similar. They are all about their perimeter players.

Tre Drye is Tulane’s version of Voss, a 6-6 forward who averages 6.6 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.

The similarities don’t end there. Both teams are 16-15 on the season.

In games like this, there is usually one guy who jumps up and has a big game that isn’t expected and puts his team over the top.

For UNT, that player could be Brandan Walton. He had 20 in UNT’s regular season finale and always plays big at the end of the year.

Stay tuned. We are about to get going.

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