MBB North Texas Overcomes Slow Start to Win First CUSA Game at Home

North Texas started off slow once again and finished strong with some solid defense and above average free throw shooting. To up the degree of difficulty, Roosevelt Smart didn’t make a single field goal in the game due to foul trouble that started early in the first half of the game.

Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total
FAU 24 29 53
North Texas 26 33 59

Lawson Breaks Slump With 18 Points to Lead the Team

A.J. Lawson has been struggling as of late, averaging just 7 points per game in conference play. Against FAU, we got to see some of the slashing to the basket we frequently saw him do as a freshman. He’s been struggling with a wrist injury on his shooting hand for most of the season, so hopefully he is moving past that challenge. Lawson was 7 of 14 (50%) from the floor and made his one 3-pointer he attempted. 14 of his points came in the second half to lead both teams. He also was 3 of 4 from the free throw line, collected 6 total rebounds (3 offensive and defensive rebounds each) with two steals on 30 minutes of play.

Ryan Woolridge continues to lead the team in minutes play with 37 minutes against FAU. He is averaging 36.4 minutes per game, 5.9 assists per game, and 12.5 points per game. Zach Simmons also had a solid game adding 10 points to the total tally along with 8 rebounds. he continues to improve as season progresses. It’s great to see this new staff working to develop a big man.

If this team can get Smart, Lawson, and Woolridge playing to the potential along with some solid contributions from the rest of the bench, this team will be tough to beat. This team never stops hustling and has shown signs of some really good things, they just need to put it all together in one game. Given the youth on the team, one hopes it will happen this year but next year might be when everything finally clicks.

Highlight Reel

MeanGreenSports.com Recap

Denton Record Chronicle Recap

Full Game Stats

Previous Games

The editor in chief hasn’t been able to keep on top of all the recaps over the past two weeks due to illness, so here at the box scores for last week’s games.

January 18th, 2018

Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total
Louisiana Tech 29 37 66
North Texas 25 40 65

Full Box Score

January 20th, 2018

Scores by Period 1st Half 2nd Half Total
Southern Miss 42 43 85
North Texas 28 50 78

Full Box Score

Conference USA Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Middle Tennessee 7-1 15-5
Old Dominion 6-1 15-4
Western Kentucky 6-1 14-6
Marshall 5-2 14-6
UAB 5-3 14-7
Southern Miss 4-4 11-10
North Texas 4-4 11-10
Louisiana Tech 3-5 12-9
UT San Antonio 3-5 10-11
Florida Atlantic 3-5 9-11
Florida Intl 3-5 9-12
UTEP 2-6 7-13
Rice 2-6 5-16
Charlotte 1-6 5-13

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