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Season woes continue for men’s basketball

Season woes continue for men’s basketball

Freshman Guard P.J. Hardwick drives the ball to basket. Hardwick tied with Tony Mitchell for the team lead with a season-high 14 points. The mean green pulled a 66-56 win over South Alabama on Saturday night at the Super Pit. Photo by James Coreas/Contributing photographer

Season woes continue for men’s basketball
January 14
22:12 2013

Ryne Gannoe / Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green men’s basketball team’s tumultuous season continued over the break as the team went 3-5, leaving it tied for last place in the Sun Belt West Division.

Inconsistency and injuries have plagued the Mean Green (7-12, 2-5) as it is struggling to stay in the hunt for good seeding in the conference tournament.

Freshman guard Chris Jones is likely out for the season with a broken foot, and it’s too late in the season to apply for a medical redshirt.

Freshman guard Clarke Overlander’s return is questionable this season after a knee injury.

Senior forwards Justin Patton and Jacob Holmen have battled nagging injuries all season. The pair returned to the lineup for Saturday’s win over South Alabama. Senior guard Brandan Walton has missed the entire season, but did receive a medical redshirt to retain his final year of eligibility.

Benford said getting players healthy would help UNT, which has been playing games with eight active players. However, he said the injuries are no excuse.

“We’re disappointed with where we’re at,” Benford said. “Like I just told our guys, the rest of the teams in the league aren’t going to feel sorry for you.”

On top of injuries, junior forward Alzee Williams and senior forward Keith Coleman each missed one game for violating team rules. Benford said the lack of consistency in the Mean Green lineup has left players in new roles they are still getting used to.

Freshman guard P.J. Hardwick took over the reins at point guard for the injured Jones. Hardwick said he isn’t fazed by his increased responsibility.

“There’s not more pressure,” Hardwick said. “I just have to produce and make sound decisions. When we get behind we rush shots and try and make a home run play like it’s a 30-point shot instead of taking it one shot at a time.”

Junior guard Jordan Williams said if the team plays well for the full 40 minutes, it will turn things around.

“We just have to finish at the end,” Jordan Williams said. “In the first half we’ve been coming out strong. I don’t know where it goes. The second half we come out kind of flat.”

The Mean Green hopes to build off its win over South Alabama on Saturday as it heads to Miami to face Florida International University at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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