North Texas 81, UALR 69
DENTON, Texas (AP) - Josh White scored 19 points and Tristan
Thompson and Dominique Johnson added 14 each as North Texas
defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 81-69 on Thursday night in the Sun
Belt Conference opener for both schools.
The Mean Green (12-2) tied its best record after 14 games, set
Solomon Bozeman scored 23 points and Courtney Jackson 16 for
Arkansas-Little Rock (8-7).
North Texas, which won its 12th straight game against Sun Belt
opposition, shot a season-high 59.6 percent (28 of 47).
A Bozeman 3-pointer cut the Mean Green's lead to 23-20 with 8:14
remaining in the first half, but those were the Trojans' last
points for nearly 5½ minutes. North Texas used a 12-0 run during
that stretch to take control.
Denver 65, Louisiana-Lafayette 52
DENVER (AP) - Travis Hallam and his brother Chase Hallam each
scored 13 points and Denver pulled away in the closing minutes to
beat Louisiana-Lafayette 65-52 on Thursday night for its third
Tyler Thalken and Kyle Lewis added nine points apiece for Denver
(5-9), helping the Pioneers get off to a winning start in the Sun
Belt Conference opener for both teams.
J.J. Thomas had 11 points to lead the Ragin' Cajuns (2-10), who
lost their 11th straight on the road, including all seven this
Louisiana-Lafayette also lost forward Scottie Farrington to an
injury with just less than 16 minutes left when he took a knee to
the face during a scramble for the ball beneath Denver's basket.
The blow opened up a gash above Farrington's left eye, which had to
be stitched up. He returned to the bench after being treated but
did not return to the game.