Men’s basketball drops fourth straight

Men’s basketball drops fourth straight

February 04
22:10 2013

Ryne Gannoe / Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green men’s basketball team watched as a three-point shot from Arkansas State University freshman guard Cameron Golden equalized the score with only four seconds left in regulation on Saturday. ASU continued its comeback in overtime, ultimately winning 75-66.

Sophomore guard Jordan Williams, whose 18 points led the team for the second game in a row, said Golden’s shot swung the control of the game.

“We had people in foul trouble, P.J. [Hardwick] fouled out and Roger [Franklin] had four,” Williams said. “We let them get that three-point shot and they had the momentum going into overtime.”

Five players played 33 or more minutes throughout the game’s 45 minutes. The Mean Green’s short supply of reserves became evident as the game went into overtime. With freshman guard Hardwick fouling out before overtime and senior guard Franklin joining him a minute and a half into the extra period, the Mean Green (8-16, 3-10) had three of the game’s starters and three bench players available.

Junior guard Alzee Williams said fatigue and defensive lapses hurt UNT late in the game.

“It affected us,” he said. “And we definitely had some defensive ups and downs.”

Head coach Tony Benford said he was proud of the way the team played, regardless of the final outcome.

“They have four or five guards to bring in, and that’s a luxury we don’t have,” Benford said. “Our guys didn’t quit. They fought their butts off.”

With the win, ASU (14-8, 8-5) is tied at the top of the Sun Belt West Division. UNT is just one game above last place. Even if the Mean Green wins its last seven regular season conference games, it would still not be able to finish with a winning conference record. The last time UNT failed to win at least half its games was in 2003 under the current Louisiana State University head coach Johnny Jones.

The Mean Green still needs to find a way to win games, as it is only one game behind the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the standings. The closer to the top in the division, the better UNT’s seeding for the SBC Tournament, which is the team’s only chance at making the NCAA Tournament.

The next game will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. at home against Western Kentucky University.

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