North Texas 76, Arkansas St. 72
Jacob Holman scored 21 points and made five 3-point shots to
lead North Texas to a 76-72 over against Arkansas State in a Sun
Belt tournament semifinal on Monday night.
Alzee Williams added 12 points, Brandan Walton and Tony Mitchell
11 each and Roger Franklin 10 for the fifth-seeded Mean Green
(18-13), who will play No. 3 seed Denver or No. 7 seed Western
Kentucky in the championship game on Tuesday. It is the team’s
third straight trip to the finals, and the fourth in six years.
Trey Finn had 21 points and made five 3-pointers for the
ninth-seeded Red Wolves (14-20). Marcus Hooten had 18 points and
Malcoln Kirkland 14 points and 10 rebounds.
In a game with nine ties and 10 lead changes, the largest
second-half cushion for either team was six points. Walton’s
driving layup gave North Texas the lead for good, 68-67, with 1:51
remaining, and the Mean Green went 8 of 10 from the free-throw line
down the stretch.
North Texas shot 58.7 percent (27 of 46) and 61.5 percent (8 of
13) from 3-point range. Both figures are season highs.