UNT will take on Charlotte here tonight at the Super Pit. We went over the matchup yesterday in our regularly scheduled Chalk Talk post.
The big story of the day is that this is George Dunham’s last call on the Mean Green Radio Network.
Dunham has called games at UNT for 25 years. There are a bunch of local DFW TV and radio people on hand tonight. The Hardline did its show from the Super Pit this afternoon.
What has kind of been lost along the way is that this is a pretty big games for UNT late in the season. The Mean Green have won four straight to get to 13-13 overall and 7-7 in Conference USA play.
UNT would really like to continue climbing the conference standings before the C-USA tournament next month. Tonight’s game against Charlotte is arguably the easiest of the Mean Green’s remaining contests.
It seems a little odd to say that. Charlotte took UNT to the woodshed earlier this season and has one of the best point guards in the league in Pierria Henry, not to mention one of the best freshmen in shooting guard Torin Dorn. The loss of coach Alan Major to a medical leave of absence certainly didn’t help and was likely a factor in Charlotte just not putting it together this year.
The key tonight for UNT will be containing Henry, who torched the Mean Green for 21 points in the first meeting.
UNT forward Colin Voss has been on fire of late, scoring a career-high 22 points in a win over Florida Atlantic, handing out six assists and grabbing 13 rebounds in a win over Florida International.
Jordan Williams has also been playing well of late and leads UNT with an average of 15.6 points a game.
Stay tuned. I will update the blog all night.
Tipoff — UNT’s starters are Jordan Williams, Colin Voss, T.J. Taylor, Maurice Aniefiok and Jeremy Combs.
Tipoff II — Regular attendance is pretty light tonight, but the students have turned out. This could be the biggest student section of the year. There are at least two sororities with a couple dozen members here each.
16:41 — UNT is off to a great start and leads 12-2. The really odd part is that Pierria Henry, Charlotte’s best player, is on the bench. Maurice Aniefiok has eight points for UNT.
14:56 — UNT is up 14-7 at the first media timeout of the first half. Maurice Aniefiok has eight points for the Mean Green, who have hit six of their first seven shots of the night.
10:47 — UNT went on a 9-0 run after Charlotte pulled to within five and is now up 25-11. Maurice Aniefiok still has eight points to lead UNT, which has four other players who have scored at least four points each.
7:55 — UNT is up 30-14 past the midway point of the first half. The Mean Green are shooting a remarkable 81 percent from the field in one of their better halves of the season. Maurice Aniefiok has hit all four shots he has taken and has 11 points.
6:03 — UNT is up 30-18 and just took a quick timeout after Charlotte scored five straight points.
3:54 — Charlotte has pulled to within 30-21 and has been on a bit of a run since Pierria Henry came into the game. The 49ers are on an 8-0 run. UNT has cooled off since a shot start. Maurice Aniefiok has 11 points to pace UNT.
1:06 — Charlotte pulled to within seven at 31-24, but UNT is on a 10-2 run and is back up 41-26.
Halftime — UNT is up 41-28 after one of its best halves of the season offensively. Charlotte went on a run and got back within seven at 31-24, but UNT wetn on a 10-2 run. Jordan Williams has 12 points and Maurice Aniefiok 11 for UNT. The Mean Green shot 63 percent in the first half.
Halftime II — In a side note, Colin Voss has four assists and no turnovers after the first half.
14:24 — UNT is back up 49-34 early in the second half. Charlotte might have punted the game by sitting Pierria Henry for the first five minutes of the second half. Jordan Williams has 14 points for UNT, while Maurice Aniefiok has 11. UNT scored the last four points before the first timeout of the second half.
13:39 — UNT is on a 7-0 run and appears to have put this one away. The Mean Green are up 52-34. DeAndre Harris just hit an NBA 3 and has 10 points now to give UNT three players in double figures. Jordan Williams has 14 points to lead the Mean Green.
11:07 — UNT is cruising now and has a 56-38 lead as we close in on the halfway point of the second half. Jordan Williams has 14 points and Maurice Aniefiok 13 for UNT. Armani Flannigan is headed to the line.
7:54 — UNT is up 62-46 at the third media timeout of the second half. Jordan Williams has 14 points to lead three Mean Green players in double figures. Charlotte hasn’t been able to string together enough buckets to get back into the game.
4:19 — UNT is up 68-51 late in the second half. UNT took a quick timeout after Charlotte jumped into a press.
3:55 — UNT has a 68-51 lead at the final media timeout. Jordan Williams has 14 points and Maurice Aniefiok 13 for the Mean Green.
2:20 — UNT is up 75-55 and just took a timeout after Jordan Williams ended up on the floor in the backcourt with nowhere to go with the ball. Jordan Williams has 17 points for UNT.
Final — UNT wins 81-65 in George Dunham’s final game on the Mean Green Radio Network. I will be back later with tonight’s rewind.