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Mean Green hold on for 64-55 victory against Central Arkansas

Mean Green hold on for 64-55 victory against Central Arkansas

Mean Green hold on for 64-55 victory against Central Arkansas
December 17
14:59 2013

Tim Cato / News Editor

The Mean Green men’s basketball team powered past the University of Central Arkansas on its way to a 64-55 victory on Tuesday afternoon, snapping a two-game losing streak.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth for much of the second half, but it was junior guard T.J. Taylor’s three-pointer with 7:34 left in the game that put UNT (6-5) ahead for good.

“It was a big shot,” head coach Tony Benford said. “We’ve got to continue, against man or zone, to make the extra pass.”

Senior guard Vertrail Vaughns assisted on the critical basket from Taylor, and had a game-high three assists. The team was missing senior guard Chris Jones, whose 36 assists leads the team this season. He was held out of the game with a back injury and Benford said his status was uncertain for next Saturday’s game.

Junior forward Colin Voss had his best game of the season, scoring 13 points and adding 11 rebounds in part due to his size advantage over Central Arkansas (2-6).

“Just physically, they were smaller,” he said. “I try to be physical no matter what – play tough, rebound and do what I’m asked to do.”

After two straight losses by 30 or more points – a 97-67 loss to Brigham Young University and an 87-53 defeat to Stephen F. Austin University – it was important to finish with a win.

“We need them all,” junior forward Jordan Williams said. “We’re going to take it one game at a time. We haven’t had all of our players yet this year, so once everyone comes together I think we’ll be fine.”

Even though the UNT student section was mostly empty, the Super Pit was full of screaming fans. More than 2,500 elementary students from the surrounding area packed into the arena for the Denton ISD day, an annual event that takes place every year in December.

UNT plays again on Saturday, facing Wayland Baptist University in the Super Pit at 3 p.m. After that game, the team receives a 10-day break before traveling to College Station to play the Texas A&M University.

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Feature Photo: Students from surrounding elementary schools brought lots of energy and neon clothing to the Super Pit. Photo via the @ntdaily Instagram account.

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