Athletics

UNT gains confidence in blowout
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Sat, Dec 10, 2016 - 11:15pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas coach Jalie Mitchell saw an opportunity coming after a tough loss to Indiana on Tuesday.

The Mean Green had three games remaining before the opening of Conference USA play, a series that offered the opportunity to pick up a little steam.

UNT took the first step toward reaching that goal on Saturday in the form of an 84-61 win against Incarnate Word at the Super Pit.

Terra Ellison scored a career-high 19 points and hit just about every shot she took on a day there were plenty of positive signs for the Mean Green. UNT (3-6) had three other players finish in double figures and...

Tweaks help Mean Green get upper hand against Delaware St.
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Thu, Dec 8, 2016 - 11:41pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas coach Tony Benford vowed to shake things up after the Mean Green struggled offensively in a loss to UTA over the weekend.

That is just what Benford did heading into UNT’s game against Delaware State on Thursday.

Allante Holston moved into the starting lineup, while A.J. Lawson came off the bench. That switch and some crisp ball movement helped UNT come out of its funk in a 73-40 win over the Hornets at the Super Pit.

“We played together and shared the ball,” Benford said. “We didn’t want to settle, mixed it up and got paint touches. We got the ball inside almost every...

UNT earns return trip to Heart of Dallas Bowl, will play Army for second time this season
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Sun, Dec 4, 2016 - 11:26pm

By Brett Vito

North Texas is headed back to the site of one of the more memorable moments in program history.

UNT accepted a bid to the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Sunday. The Mean Green will face Army at 11 a.m. Dec. 27 at the Cotton Bowl.

UNT has played in only eight bowls in program history, the last coming in the Heart of Dallas Bowl the end of the 2013 season. UNT beat UNLV 36-14 in front of a crowd of 38,380.

That turnout was a big selling point in UNT being invited back to face the Black Knights in a rematch of a game UNT won 35-18 on Oct. 22 at West Point.

“We saw what North Texas brought...

North Texas upsets Southern Miss for fifth win
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Sat, Nov 19, 2016 - 11:44pm

North Texas didn’t have its usual starting quarterback or its star running back for a vital late-season game against Southern Miss on Saturday.

None of that mattered, thanks largely to a gutty performance by Alec Morris. The senior saw his first significant action since being benched after the Mean Green’s season-opening loss to SMU and guided UNT to a slump-busting 29-23 win at Apogee Stadium.

That victory snapped a three-game losing streak and kept the Mean Green’s bowl hopes alive heading into its regular season finale on Saturday at Texas-El Paso. A win would give UNT (5-6, 3-4 Conference USA) the six wins its...

Baulkman getting up to speed at UNT
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Thu, Nov 3, 2016 - 11:31pm

By Brett Vito

By the time Dee Baulkman arrived at North Texas over the summer, time was quickly running out before the Mean Green’s season opener.

The former Arizona Western College safety barely had time to figure out where his locker was, let alone learn an entirely new defense.

Baulkman has steadily improved since then and reached a key point in his development in the Mean Green’s loss to Texas-San Antonio last week, when he made his first start.

The junior finished with four tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

UNT is hoping that performance is just the start for the...