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Brief: Mean Green men’s basketball season ends after loss to Tulane in C-USA tournament

Brief: Mean Green men’s basketball season ends after loss to Tulane in C-USA tournament

March 12
16:55 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

After winning in overtime against Rice University Tuesday, the Mean Green men’s basketball team found itself in another close game Wednesday afternoon against Tulane University in the second round of the Conference USA tournament in El Paso.

However, the Mean Green (16-16, 7-11) couldn’t find its way to victory in this game.

After losing 66-61 to No. 7 Tulane in the second round of the tournament, the men’s basketball team’s season came to end. Despite shooting well and holding its own on defense in the first half, UNT allowed Tulane (17-15, 9-8) to make a run in the second half to erase the lead and take the win.

The Mean Green came out strong in the first half and took a 32-21 lead into halftime. UNT shot 43.8 percent from the field in the first half and held a 13-point lead at one point, which was the biggest lead for the team in the game.

However, Tulane played with much more energy in the second half and went on two 11-2 runs and shot 53.8 percent from the field. Tulane took the lead with the score 59-58 and 2:17 left to play and never let go of it.

Junior guard Chris Jones missed a layup with 52 seconds left, but senior guard Brandan Walton made a jump shot on the next possession to make it a one-point game. Jones would draw contact on his next drive to the basket, but still couldn’t get his shot to fall nor get the foul call.

The score 64-61, Walton shot a three-point attempt with three seconds left, but missed.

Tulane’s leading scorer, freshman guard Jonathan Stark, scored five points in the first half but exploded in the second half for 16 points, finishing with 21 and seven assists. Walton led the Mean Green in scoring with 16 points.

Sophomore guard Maurice Aniefiok added 12 points while junior forward Colin Voss scored 10 points. Junior guard Jordan Williams, the team’s leading scorer this year at 12.3 points per game, was held to four points on 1-for-7 shooting.

Despite the early exit from the tournament, the team still improved from last season’s overall record (12-20) and made it beyond the first round, unlike last year’s team. The team will say goodbye to seniors Alzee Williams, Vertrail Vaughns and Walton.

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