UNT will face Mississippi Valley State tonight at the Super Pit, but before we get to that, here’s a bit of breaking news.
Junior guard Carrington Ward is out for the year with a Jones Fracture in his right foot.
Ward has not played a lot this season. He’s averaging 1.3 points in 7.5 minutes a game. What makes losing Ward a little tougher on the Mean Green is that the team is already shorthanded.
UNT has yet to announce if Texas A&M transfer J-Mychal Reese will be eligible at any point this year. Tonight is UNT’s fifth game and he has yet to see the floor.
The Mean Green are also without Greg Wesley, another player who has set to see the floor. He is dealing with off-the-court issues.
UNT has added a walk-on to fill Ward’s roster spot, but that is not going to help the Mean Green anywhere outside of practice.
UNT will need to stay healthy from here on out and hope it gets Reese eligible and Wesley on the floor at some point.
As far as tonight’s game goes, it’s one UNT should roll though. MVSU is 0-4 on the year and has been drilled in every game it has played. The idea tonight is for UNT to get back on track after being drilled in the second half of its last game against Iona before it heads out on the road for a three-game trip to Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Stephen F. Austin.
UNT is 3-1. Getting to 4-1 would guarantee that the Mean Green would be at least .500 when it gets back home.
Update tip — T.J. Taylor will start tonight for the first time this season. UNT will go without a point guard. UNT has really struggled at that spot this year. It should be interesting to see who brings the ball up and handles it for UNT.
16:22 — MVSU is up 6-3 and just took a timeout to avoid turning it over when UNT went to a fullcourt press.
15:00 — Welp, this isn’t starting well for UNT. MVSU has hit three 3s and nearly had another one drop. The Mean Green trail 9-3. Maurice Aniefiok hit a shot to open the game for UNT. That’s the Mean Green’s only bucket from the field thus far.
14:27 — Jordan Williams just got T-ed up. UNT is down 11-7.
11:37 — UNT has come to life here at the Super Pit and gone on a 12-2 run to take a 15-11 lead. The Mean Green went to a fullcourt press and forced a couple of key turnovers that got UNT going. T.J. Taylor has seven points for UNT.
6:45 — UNT’s run has fizzled out. The Mean Green actually trailed there for a minute, but is back up 26-25 after Colin Voss scored in the lane. MVSU has dropped five 3s already. T.J. Taylor has seven points for UNT.
3:36 — UNT is on an 8-0 run and is up 32-25 late in the first half. T.J. Taylor has seven points for the Mean Green. MVSU has cooled off after a hot start offensively.
1:40 — UNT is on a 14-2 run and is up 38-27. It’s starting to look like UNT might roll from here.
46.2 — UNT is still up 38-27. The Mean Green took their 30 to set something up here late in the half.
Halftime — UNT cashed in late in the half on a Maurice Aniefiok 3. The Mean Green are up 41-27 at the break. UNT got off to a horrible start, but it pretty close to where it should be. Maurice Aniefiok and Colin Voss both have eight points for UNT. The Mean Green shot 52 percent from the field in the first half. MVSU used some hot 3-point shooting to jump out to an early lead, but cooled off.
16:45 — MVSU has gone on a 6-1 run to open the second half. UNT is still up 42-33, but momentum is definitely in the Delta Devils’ corner at the moment. Tony Benford has taken a timeout.
15:04 — This is getting kind of interesting, which is not good for UNT. MVSU has pulled to within 44-37 and is on an 8-3 run. The Delta Devils had a shot to get within five, but missed it. Colin Voss and Maurice Aniefiok have eight points for UNT.
11:20 — UNT has scored the last four points of the game and is back up 48-37. UNT is headed to the line. The fact the Delta Devils are shooting 26 percent from the floor is helping the Mean Green’s cause substantially.
7:27 — UNT is on a 12-4 run and has pushed its lead to 56-41 late in the second half. Muhammed Ahmed has 11 points and Colin Voss eight for UNT, which is winning the game in the point. UNT has a 38-31 edge on the glass.
3:24 — UNT is up 63-46 late in the second half here at the Super Pit. The Mean Green appear as if they will coast to the finish from here on out. Muhammed Ahmed has 13 points for UNT.
55.7 — UNT is up 67-50. and just called a timeout.
26.7 — And there’s another UNT TO. 67-52 UNT.
Final — 67-52 UNT. I will be back later.