The North Texas men’s basketball team will take on Delaware State tonight at the Super Pit.
UNT comes into tonight’s game off a 77-61 loss to UTA on a night when it couldn’t hit the broad side of Nebraska.
The Mean Green shot 31.3 percent from the field and saw its key players struggle. Deckie Johnson was 1-for-12, A.J. Lawson was 0-for-8 and Rickey Brice Jr. was 0-for-5.
The good news for UNT is that it has won the games it is supposed to for the most part early in the season. This is a full-fledged Division I team, unlike some of UNT’s earlier opponents, but Delaware State is also 2-7.
Jeremy Combs has returned from a short time off to get some additional time to recover from ankle surgery. He went for 21 points and 12 rebounds against UTA.
The Hornets were beaten pretty handily by SMU in their last outing. Devin Morgan, a 5-11 guard, is averaging 14.0 points per game to lead the Hornets.
There are only a couple hundred fans here for this Christmas break hoops fest.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all game.
Starters for UNT — Reese, Johnson, Brice, Combs, Holston.
15:39 — UNT is up 10-2 at the first media timeout and has looked a whole lot better offensively than it did in its last game. Jeremy Combs has six points for UNT.
11:43 — UNT is up 17-4 at the second media timeout of the first half. Jeremy Combs has six points for UNT, which is shooting 57 percent from the floor so far. Rickey Brice Jr. has two fouls and will probably sit for the rest of the half.
7:16 — We have a game now. Delaware State is on a 12-0 run and has pulled to within 17-14. UNT hasn’t scored in more than seven minutes. Jeremy Combs has six points for UNT. Delaware State has found it here in the last few minutes.
3:38 – UNT is up 24-19 late in the first half. Delaware State has scored the last five points. Jeremy Combs has eight points and is headed to the line. Allante Holston started and has four points.
32.7 — UNT is up 32-21 with time running out in the first half. UNT just called a timeout.
Halftime — UNT is up 32-21 after Delaware State missed its last shot of the half just before the buzzer. Jeremy Combs has 11 points for UNT. The Mean Green shot 48.1 percent in the first half.
15:48 — UNT is on an 8-0 run and is up 40-23 at the first media timeout of the second half. Jeremy Combs has 14 points for the Mean Green. Delaware State hasn’t scored in almost four minutes.
11:44 — UNT is up 44-23 midway through the second half here at the Super Pit. Delaware State has scored a grand total of two points in the second half. Jeremy Combs has 16 points for UNT.
7:34 — UNT is up 57-26 as we head down the stretch in the second half. A.J. Lawson has come back from a tough shooting night in a loss to UTA and has 13 points. Jeremy Combs has 16.
3:45 — Walk-on D.J. Draper just picked up a loose ball, drove to the hole, scored and was fouled. UNT’s bench went nuts. The Mean Green’s bench went nuts. UNT is up 68-34. Jeremy Combs has 16 points to lead UNT.
Final — UNT 70, Delaware State 40.