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UNT vs. Rice: Second Half:

UNT vs. Rice: Second Half:

November 23
20:52 2010

Final first half thoughts:

Both teams are going to have to heat up at some point soon. 12-34 and 11-30 just won’t get it done.

Arsalan Kazemi is playing like he’s the best player on the floor. Nine points and eight boards is a sick first half

Is anyone from the Daily still in the office? I’m down to eat more/hang out with my fellow writers/editors/designers after the game!

These teams are extremely evenly matched. Rice had the last laugh in the first half, but I could see UNT winning this game by 5.

Rice is getting too many second chance points. 12 in one half is too much.

19:30: Ball knocked out of bounds, looked like it was a Rice player who hit it but it goes back to the Owls.

18:50: HUGE three for the Owls makes it 34-25 and jump ball now goes Rice’s way. This one could be slpping away if UNT doesn’t start scoring.

18:27: Shorter draws foul in transition, makes both freebies. 34-27.

17:30: Odufuwa with a putback to cut the defecit.

16:54: Hogans called for a foul, Johnny isn’t happy at all, Rice takes over with a 34-29 lead.

16:39: UNT always knows how to get back into these games….traveling call on Rice.

15:59: Tristan loses ball out of bounds but it will stat with the Mean Green. Jones having a word with the refs that I doubt it very polite…Far from perfect play but UNT remains down five with the ball.

A Mike Canales sighting! His future will be determined when UNT picks its new head coach for football. I don’t think he’ll get the gig but he’s really inspired a team that had too many reasons to fold this year. Seems like a genuinely nice guy too.

Where is the 3 Ball for UNT? They fialed to make one at Kansas and are 0-11 tonight…

15:01: Offensive foul called on Rice, UNT gets yet another chance to cut the five-point defecit.

14:30: Tristan right on cue! The senior sinks a three and makes it a two point game. Rice timeout. Once again the Mean Green crawl back just when you think they’ll fall apart. You think that resillience has something to do with having six seniors on the team?

Absurd game where chicken is shot into basket on top of fans head…The success rate of this has to be lower than 3 percent…the day the chicken goes in more than three times will be the day Josh White misses a free throw.

14:00 Thompson strikes again! What nine point lead??? It’s all tied up at 34!

13:00: He can’t miss right now! Thompson’s second three pointer adds to a 12-0 Mean Green run. Told you this team puts it together in the second half!

12:31: Would you even believe me if I told you that Tristan hit another three? Guy is going OFF right now. 19 points and has carried the Mean Green en route to a 40-36 lead. There’s an argument for him being the best scorer on the team. No offense, Josh.

12:17: Foul on the floor for Kedrick Hogans, Rice follows up with a nice lay up by Kazemi.

11:45: Odufuwa with a pretty move under the basket, gives UNT a 42-38 lead.

11:35: Official timeout. UNT had nothing going on until Tristan picked things up, he’s only nine points short of his career high of 28 points. The Mean Green has only allowed seven points so far. Thank you Mr. Jones for what I’m sure were some important halftime adjustments.

After Tristo’s 19 and George’s 9, no Mean Green player with more than 4 points. Sometimes you have to win ugly I guess…

11:15: More second chance points for the Owls…42-40. UNT is obviously not in the clear here, it’s weird to think that this is the third toughest team they’ve played.

10:40: Sweet tip in from Kedrick extends the lead to four but an open three for tamir jackson makes it a one point game.

9:50: Tristan does what he does best… draws the foul and makes both free throws. 46-43.

9:08: Domo’s three point attempt goes in and out but ball hits a Rice player before going out.

8:45: I do love the “O DU FA WHO? ODU FA WA” chants for George after making a jump hoook. Not so high on Rice threes to tie. 48-48.

8:20: Three point play for Rice, 51-48. Basketball truly is a game of runs.

8:03: Holman draws foul under the basket, heads to the line. Johnny has taken the jacket off, I’m extremely scared for anyone who gets in his way. There may be hell to pay for Jacob, who only made one of two. 51-49.

8:00: Full court press pays dividends! Rice player steps out of bounds after being trapped. Great call, Johnny.

7:36: Josh called for foul and Rice will have the ball after the official timeout. Still 51-49 in an absolute grinder. UNT can score with some of the best but it will be interesting to see how long they can grind it out for.

UNT now 3-16 from three…unacceptable amount of points going to waste on misses.

More full court pressure leads to near turnover but Rice recovers. Owls finish play with a layup, 53-49.

6:45: Rare miss by Josh from three…nothing is falling for UNT. George called for a foul on the floor.

6:16:Braimoh continues to play well with a nice jump hook. Johnson is fouled on other end and makes only one. 55-50.

5:45: BAD Airball by Rice player, UNT crowd immediately reminds him for 30 seconds.

4:51: Zo heads to the line for UNT after things got a little too cluttered under the basket. He makes one of two and it’s a four-point game.

4:28: George called for second foul, Hogans reenters the game for Alonzo.

Braimoh makes one of two free throws, score is now 56-51. Johnson draws a foul on his at the other end and makes both and cuts the lead to theree again.

3:45: That one hurt. Connor Frizelle makes a three and the lead is back to six. UNT bball, Rice forward Lucas Kuipers fouls out with 13 points.

The Mean Green has always been clutch in recent years but this one won’t come easy. I have a feeling Mr. White may have something to say about me arguing for Tristan being the best scorer on the team…we’ll see. 59-53 Rice.

Rebounding battle still dead even, each team has 35.

19-52 shooting for UNT is the story tonight…that’s 36.7 percent and not enough to win games.

Tristan makes both free throws, Rice up 59-55.

3:00: More full court press from UNT, Rice goes down the floor but misses layup. Gorgeous pass from Goerge to Kedrick makes it a two point game!

1:57: Frizelle hits jumper as clock expires but Kedrick gets a nice pass from Tristan to keep it at two point game. More full court pressure pays off as UNT seizes possession and Rice is called for foul! Johnny couldn’t look any smarter for making that call.

Tristan’s the guy you want at the line tonight…he makes both freebies and t ies the game at 61. Goodbye nails and hello excessive stress and grey hair!

1:36: Clutch Mean Green stop and of course it’s Tristan driving to the line with no fear and drwing the foul. A T was called…Tristan misses first but makes second to give UNT a 62-61 lead!

1:16: Domo’s three goes in and out BARELY and Rice calls timeout… this is the worst shooting night for UNT for a while. Still 62-61, it’s time for The Mean Grene to answer the call on defense and hold this lead. I’m going to start brining a heart monitor to these games.

33: UNT holds the line on defense and Kedrick makes a miracle of a shot down low. That was a half-pass half-shot without a doubt but whatever you want to call it went in the hoop and gave UNT a three-point lead. No lead is safe, but UNT is half a minute away from beating Rice in another close one!

Crowd is really into it now! I guess not everyone left for Tgiving yet.

18.6: Rice makes short jumper, Shannon Shorter is fouled. Johnny recruited this guy for his free throw shooting and he makes his coach look smart by sinking both. 66-63 UNT.

10.5: Rinse and repeat: Rice makes close bucket, Shorter fouled and headed to the line.

Shorter makes both shots, SO clutch!

That’s it! No g ood! UNT escapes a tough one with another outstanding second half performance and clutch free throw shooting. 68-65 the final. I honestly don’t know how this team wins so many close ones but these guys are 3-1 with its only loss to Kansas. The Super Pit is becoming impossible to play in. That’s it folks, happy holidays and be sure to tune in to UNT’s next contest against Texas State on Friday!

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