UNT will try to win its final game in the Mean Green Challenge tonight in a game against Troy.
The Mean Green lost to Idaho and Samford in a couple of close games to open the event. UNT (2-2) really needs this one with a tough series of games coming up against Northern Iowa, UTA and a home-and-home with Southern Illinois looming.
Jeremy Combs is averaging 18.5 points a game to lead UNT, which has four players averaging double figures. Troy is 2-3 and has lost three straight, including games against Samford and Idaho this week in the Mean Green Challenge. Both teams beat UNT.
Jordon Varnado and Wesley Person are both averaging 18.0 points a game to lead Troy. Varnado, a 6-6 freshman, is a similar player to Combs.
That should be a matchup to watch.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all night
15:32 — UNT is down 8-5 at the first media timeout of the first half. The Mean Green ran out to a 5-0 lead, but has given up an 8-0 run. Allante Holston converted a three-point play and leads UNT with three points. UNT has three turnovers.
11:56 — UNT is down 15-9 in the early going here at the Super Pit. The Mean Green were up 5-2 before giving up a 15-2 run. Jeremy Combs hit a pair of free throws to break the run. Combs is a ton better from the line than he used to be. He has four points to lead the Mean Green.
9:45 — UNT is on a 10-0 run and has taken a 17-15 lead. Carrington Ward has four points in the surge. Troy has called a timeout.
7:35 — A game of runs has swung back in Troy’s favor. The Trojans have scored the last four points and are back up 19-18. Allante Holston has five points for UNT. The Mean Green have missed all four of their 3-point attempts.
3:59 — UNT is down 27-24 at the final media timeout of the first half. Troy has scored the last four points and just missed an open look to go up five. Deckie Johnson and Allante Holston both have five points for UNT.
Halftime — UNT went on a 7-0 run late in the first half and is up 33-31 at halftime here at the Super Pit. Deckie Johnson hit a big 3 to spark the Mean Green’s surge. Troy scored the final points of the half after UNT went up four. Allante Holston has nine points and seven rebounds for UNT. The Mean Green have a 26-19 edge on the boards, but have hit just one of their six 3-point attempts.
15:19 — UNT is down 43-38 early in the second half. Wesley Person hit a 3 for Troy before Deckie Johnson answered with one of his own. Troy came right back down and Person hit another on a nifty drop pass. Johnson has 11 for UNT.
12:43 — Troy has pushed its lead to 50-43 and is headed to the line, where it will try to complete a three-point play. The Trojans have scored the last five points. UNT has 15 turnovers, which is not helping its cause much.
11:43 — UNT is down 51-46 with Troy headed to the line after this timeout. DeAndre Harris played just five minutes in the first half and isn’t on the bench. Deckie Johnson has 11 points for UNT.
8:32 — Troy has pulled out to a 62-51 lead in the second half. UNT was down 14 before Carrington Ward hit a 3.
7:26 — UNT is down 67-51 after Wesley Person stuck a 3 and Jeremy Hollimon scored. Troy is on an 11-3 run. Carrington Ward pumped in a 3 for UNT’s only points during Troy’s surge.
6:06 — UNT has pul;ed within 69-57 as we head down the stretch in the second half.
3:34 — UNT is down 77-64 at the final media timeout and is in a world of trouble. Allante Holton has 15 points and Deckie Johnson 11 for UNT. Wesley Person has 24 for Troy and is having a monster game.
Final — Troy 86, UNT 74. Check back later for the rewind.