Hamlet lifts North Texas over Louisiana Tech 51-50 at buzzer

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Javion Hamlet hit a floater in the lane as time expired and North Texas defeated Louisiana Tech 51-50 on Saturday for the Mean Green’s first win in Ruston since 1952.

The Bulldogs took a 50-49 lead on Amorie Archibald’s layup with five seconds left. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Louisiana Tech then committed two fouls in the backcourt to disrupt the Mean Green.

After the second foul, Hamlet went from deep in the backcourt to just inside the foul line where he left his feet and lofted the ball over the defender just as time expired. The ball then swished through the net.

North Texas led by as many as 13 in the first half and was up 33-24 at the break. Amorie Archibald had a 9-0 run by making 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to get the Bulldogs back into the game. They tied the game before the midpoint and neither team led by more than three the rest of the way.

Umoja Gibson scored 15 points to lead the Mean Green (11-8, 5-1 Conference USA), who won their fifth straight game.

Archibald drilled five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (13-5, 4-2).