DENTON, Texas (AP) — Javion Hamlet registered 16 points as North Texas beat Florida International 74-56 on Thursday night.
Florida International was held to its season low in points, 26 below its average.
Trejon Jacob scored 13 points for the Panthers (11-5, 2-1), Osasumwen Osaghae added 11 and Devon Andrews 10 points with seven rebounds.
DJ Draper and Gibson had 3-pointers in an early 10-0 run that put the Mean Green up for good and both had 3's along with Smart to make it 26-12 at the 6:28 mark. It was 38-26 at the half.
The Panthers cut the deficit to nine on four occasions in the first 10 minutes of the second half but Hamlet had five points in a 9-0 run and North Texas pulled away.