UNT-UTEP thoughts

It was a tough day at the Super Pit for UNT, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in a 75-54 blowout loss to UTEP.

A few people have e-mailed and asked about the crowd. I mentioned that there were a lot of UTEP fans on hand. It ended up being about 50-50.

It was odd when UTEP fans rained down chants at the end of the Miners’ win.

UNT shot 25.8 percent (17-for-66) and went 2-for-17 from 3. The Mean Green’s shooting percentage was its worst in five years.

And that was just one low light. UNT was out-rebounded 46-33. Tony Benford was not happy with his post players, who were outclassed by the guys from UTEP. Colin Voss is the best guy UNT has and finished with four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes. Add in Armani Flannigan (0 and 0 in nine minutes), Kelvin Gaines (0 and 1 in 10 minutes) and Keith Coleman (1 and 1 in 17 minutes) and UNT’s forwards combined for five points and four rebounds in a whopping 54 minutes.

UTEP’s three starting bigs went for 33 points and 23 rebounds.

It’s hard to win like that.

“We struggled to get anything inside,” Benford said. “They out-toughed us a little bit. I was disappointed in our big guys. We got four rebounds out of those guys. You can’t be competitive at any level with only four rebounds from your inside guys.”

UNT had to lean on its guards and saw Alzee Williams come through with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Jordan Williams struggled to get good looks and went 2-for-14 on his way to 13 points and 11 rebounds (nearly three times as many as UNT’s four forwards) and Maurice Aniefiok added 10 points.

To be fair, Voss has been pretty good lately. He scored 10 twice in UNT’s four-game winning streak. UTEP was just a terrible matchup for Voss, who is listed at 6-foot-7.

Life isn’t going to get any easier for UNT, which will face Tulsa in its final regular season game next week. The Golden Hurricane drilled UNT 94-63 earlier this year.

Benford mentioned that the schedule would come back around to UNT when it was struggling earlier in the year. It did, and UNT took advantage in a four-game winning streak.

Now the pendulum is swinging back the other way.

When it came back today, UNT was flattened like it had been hit with a baseball bat.

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