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UNT vs. Henderson State: First Half

UNT vs. Henderson State: First Half

November 12
13:08 2010

Sorry for the late start everybody, I was just a victim of Texas’ absurd and illogical weather patterns. I look like I went through Hurricane Harbor by accident.

Not much action in the first couple minutes of the Mean Green’s regular season opener. The Reddies have an early 2-0 lead

15:14: Senior forward George Odufuwa is off to another strong start, scoring the Mean Green’s first four points. Student section responds by chanting “Odufa-WHO?” “ODUFUWA!”. Teams are tied 6-4 after senior guard Tristan Thompson hits jumper and it looks like the reserve lineup is about to spell the starters.

14:52 1st half: First media timeout. The Reddies are now up 9-7 with Johnny and the team talking over what they need to do to avoid a slow start like in UNT’s exhibtion matchup against Arkansas-Monticello on Wednesday.

14:07: UNT takes first lead on a sophomore forward Jacob Holmen putback! 11-9 UNT.

12:50: Holman adds two free throws to tie the game at 13, but Reddie guard Johnathon Fitzgerald responds with a three-point play. Second unit is certainly capable of scoring, but must stop the ball earlier on defense.

12:15: Foul shots for the former Cornhusker! UNT transfer Alonzo Edwards shows why he once played against the Big 12, seizing the ball and drawing a foul down low. Edwards makes both his free throws and UNT trails 16-15.

11:43: Media timeout. The first unit is back in, I’m sure they hope to improve on their 4-13 shooting to start the game.

11:09: Big three by Josh French puts Reddies up four, but senior forward Kedrick Hogans answers with a bucket of his own. 19-17 Reddies.

10:27: UNT turnover hurts as senior Shannon Shorter was pickpocketed and French strikes again, this time in transition. 22-17 Reddies.

8:49: The 2,000 students from Denton ISD are doing what they can, starting a “Go Mean Green” chant to help pump the team up. Not the typical home court advantage, but it seems to be working. Reddies have a slight 23-20 edge.

7:08: Senior guard Dominique Johnson comes through huge for the Mean Green! The Kansas City native sinks two straight threes to give UNT a 26-25 lead. The crowd erupts and a timeout is called.

6:58: More momentum for UNT, as the full court press forces Henderson State to throw a pass out of bounds. Media timeout taken, the Mean Green has the ball and a one point lead.

5:33: More full court pressure leads to another steal and Odufuwa makes one of two free throws after being fouled. 28-27 Mean Green lead.

5:00: Two truths to this world: Texas weather makes no sense and Josh White doesn’t miss free throws. The senior sinks two and the UNT lead is extended to 30-27.

3:55: More pressure leads to more turnovers forced for UNT, as Thompson takes a steal to the basket and adds to a finally comfortable Mean Green lead. 34-27 UNT.

3:17: This job is easy! All I have to do is keep typing the same thing. UNT implements press, forces turnover. This time a five second violation was the cause. UNT doesn’t capitalize, but this has been a key part to today’s first half.

2:48: Apparently two key three-pointers wasn’t enough for Domo! Johnson sinks another three and the UNT lead is now ten. 39-29 UNT, who may be pulling away right before half.

1:28: French continues his strong half with a three, but candidate for Sun Belt Player of the Year Josh White answers with a trifecta of his own. 43-33 UNT.

08: Kids continue the “Go Mean Green” chant that got old 10 minutes ago and UNT responds, as Holman knocks down a pair of free throws for the half’s final point. UNT heads into the break with a nine-point lead, 45-36

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