Final: UNT 78, Langston 65
Where UNT stands: UNT crept back over the .500 mark at 5-4
Now what?: UNT will face Creighton on Sunday at the Super Pit.
Star of the day: Jeremy Combs had a monster game with 25 points after moving back into the starting lineup. Combs began the season as a starter, but moved into a reserve role after three games while he adjusted to playing at the college level. He returned to the starting lineup against Langston and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Jordan Williams also had a big game with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Colin Voss also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“That was a big momentum builder. We played three tough games against good teams and got down on ourselves. We came out today and fought hard. We will be ready for Creighton on Sunday.”
– Jordan Williams, UNT guard on the importance of the Mean Green’s win over Langston that broke a three-game losing streak
Our take: UNT really, really needed a win after a brutal three-game road swing and did what it had to to pull out a win over Langston. The Mean Green didn’t exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence while struggling to pull away from an NAIA team on their home floor. This team has a long way to go before it needs to start worrying about style points, though.
UNT will take the win, especially with a game against Creighton coming up on Sunday.
Combs’ performance was encouraging. If UNT is going anywhere this year, it’s going to need the freshman to be an impact player. That’s just what he was against the Lions.
Seeing Voss go for 10 and 10 was also a good sign for UNT. The senior had been in a bit of a funk lately.