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Men’s basketball allows fewest points since 1947 in win against Maryland Eastern Shore

Men’s basketball allows fewest points since 1947 in win against Maryland Eastern Shore

Men’s basketball allows fewest points since 1947 in win against Maryland Eastern Shore
November 18
17:00 2018

The North Texas men’s basketball team (5-0) defeated the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (0-3) 68-34 on Saturday in front of the home crowd at the Super Pit.

The Mean Green defense held the Hawks to 34 points — the fewest points allowed since 1947 when North Texas defeated Midwestern.

“[I] give a lot of credit to Zach [Simmons] and our help defense,” head coach Grant McCasland said.

The Mean Green were led by sophomore big man Zachary Simmons who went for 17 points on 80 percent shooting, seven boards and two assists.

“We have great shooters, and that makes it easy for me and opens the floor,” Simmons said. “I just have great teammates, and they make it really easy for me.”

North Texas got out to an early 17-4 lead in the first half before slowing down and struggling from beyond the arch.

“We usually make a lot of [threes] in transition, and tonight we didn’t, but that’s why we base the value of our program on the defensive end,” McCasland said. “What we do every day is focus on how we guard because some nights you’re not going to see the ball go in like you want to, and you better put your focus on the defensive end.”

The Mean Green shot 21 percent from three in the first half of the game, allowing the Hawks to hang around in the first half. North Texas was up by nine heading into halftime.

“Collectively this group loves to play, and I’m proud of their approach because their approach is the way to separate yourself as quickly as possible,” McCasland said.

North Texas started the second half the same way they did the first, outscoring the Hawks 38-13.

“We’re just learning everyone’s personnel, knowing where we need to be at and knowing our spots,” freshman guard Umoja Gibson said. “Knowing when to move the ball and move without the ball, it’s really just a focus on our movement and being in the right spots of the defensive side.”

Gibson collected 12 points and two assists in the win. Senior guard Jorden Duffy recorded 11 points and two assists for the team.

“You never necessarily want to play the scoreboard, but if you play the game the right way, the scoreboard, in the end, will be favorable,” McCasland said.

Next up: North Texas will attempt to defend their undefeated record in the Wolfpack Classic at the Super Pit.

Featured Image: Freshman guard Umoja Gibson dribbles down the court. Rachel Walters

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