Jones lifts N. Texas past Sam Houston St. 53-50

Chris Jones scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket with

1:06 remaining, as North Texas defeated Sam Houston State 53-50 on

Saturday.

Jones’ bucket put the Mean Green ahead 51-50, and Jacob Holmen

added two free throws with 21.6 seconds left as North Texas (4-5)

won despite putting up its lowest point total of the season.

Darius Gatson and Konner Tucker led Sam Houston State (3-7) with

10 points each. Gatson also had five assists.

The Bearkats outshot North Texas from the field (44 percent to

35 percent) and on 3-point attempts (39 percent to 18 percent). But

the Mean Green enjoyed a 37-28 rebounding edge, including 18-7 on

the offensive glass, and took advantage of 21 turnovers by Sam

Houston State.

North Texas trailed 25-22 at halftime after going scoreless for

10 minutes while the Bearkats went on a 13-0 run.