Jeremy Combs was back and he played like the he is the best player North Texas has. This is good because it is true.
Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome two runs by UT-Arlington in each half. For the game, North Texas shot only 31%. Arlington did not play particularly great defense, but North Texas could not hit from anywhere, unless it was a Jeremy Combs put back.
Meanwhile, Tony Bedford’s squad allowed wide open looks from three, which UT-A happily drained for most of the game. For the game, they shot 10/26 (38.5%).
I said this was game of runs, and it was. NT began 0-for-8 while UTA began 5-of-8. NT crawled back up from down 15 and made the comeback with a series of mostly free throws. It was 34-30 at the half and we were feeling good.
Then UTA blew it open to start the second, going on a 7-point run to begin the half. Arlington was hitting theirs shots, while NT still couldn’t, and there were no free throws to make it close.
The Mavericks expanded their lead from 4 to 23 by the 7:51 mark of the half and NT never got closer than 14 from then on.
NT drops to 4-4 while UTA move up to 6-3.