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Men’s basketball can’t withstand Marshall run, lose on road

Men’s basketball can’t withstand Marshall run, lose on road

February 08
00:14 2015

Alex Lessard / Staff Writer

The Mean Green men’s basketball team fell 80-73 to Marshall University on the road Saturday night. The loss drops North Texas to 3-7 in conference play this season.

The team played the majority of the game without freshman forward Jeremy Combs, who went down early with an injury. Senior forward Colin Voss stepped up in his absence, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds.

“We’ve got to do a little better job of boxing out when he goes out,” Voss said.

North Texas fell behind 16-7 early in the first half, mostly due to a hot start from the Thundering Herd from downtown, as they went 4 of 5 from three point range in the first four minutes of play. The Mean Green responded with a 9-2 run, sparked by a change from zone to man defense. Marshall shot only 25 percent from three point range after the switch.

The Mean Green finished the first half on a 12-0 run, but gave up nine straight points to start the second half before using a timeout to regroup. The team went neck and neck with Marshall for most of the second half.

Head coach Tony Benford said the team gave up too many offensive rebounds. In addition to the Combs’ injury, senior forward Armani Flannigan hobbled for the majority of the second half.

“We outrebounded them, but they got them at crucial times,” Benford said.

Marshall only shot 50 percent from the line for the game, but managed to shoot 47 percent from the field. The Thundering Herd proved to be clutch down the stretch, finishing the game on a 17-8 run. Marshall also made crucial free throws in the final minutes to put North Texas away late. The Mean Green struggled to make shots toward the end, going 1 of 6 from the field in the final three minutes.

“The scoring wasn’t really the problem, I just feel like we didn’t come up with the necessary response at the necessary time,” said senior guard Maurice Aniefiok.

North Texas shot 41 percent from the field for the game and went 15 for 25 from the free throw line. A lack of rebounding presence down low hurt the team throughout the game. Senior guard Jordan Williams tied his season high with 23 points on 8 of 17 shooting from the field.

“He was really in the zone,” Aniefiok said.

The Mean Green will return to the Super Pit for its next game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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