Roosevelt Smart drives on a UTSA defender in the 76-74 loss

After not losing a game since November 27, 2018, the Mean Green lost a big conference game at The Convocation in San Antonio. The Mean Green move to 16-2 4-1, and UTSA moves to 10-7 3-0 in conference.

Preview:

This was a very under hyped game, considering whoever won would sit pretty in first in the C-USA. This was going to be a huge test on how North Texas could deal with the height disadvantage.

Some game facts:

Well the Mean Green out rebounded the Roadrunners 42-34, but inside scoring killed them, mainly in the second half. UTSA outscored UNT in the paint only 38-36, which isn’t bad, taking into account that UNT has one of the smallest teams in the country. North Texas also shot a better free throw percentage and 3 point percentage.

First half:

A sloppy first half included 10 turnovers and a lot of missed shots that usually fall for the Mean Green. By the way, North Texas ranked 1st in field goals and three point percentage in the conference. In the end, North Texas shot 40% from the field, and UTSA shot 46% from the field. Also, Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA’s leading scorer only had 2 points in the first half.

Second half:

At the half, North Texas was down 27-33. In the second half, it felt like after UNT made something, UTSA would fire right back and keep the lead at 6. Finally at one point, UTSA took a 10 point lead, and North Texas went ice cold shooting. Lucky for the Mean Green, Roosevelt Smart is healthy because he hit 2 crucial threes; one to get between 7, and then to tie! With the Mean Green missing a big shot and a bad call, UTSA had a chance to win. Jhivvan Jackson ended up being the hero as he sank an off-balanced floater to get a 76-74 lead. There were still 1.9 seconds, so Jehmiah Simmons threw a cross court pass to Zach Simmons who put up a shot in time, but sadly, it didn’t go in.

Overall thought:

Overall it was a very rough game. UNT didn’t really didn’t have a huge lead and did not shoot the ball well. I forgot to mention Ryan Woolridge was the leading rebounder again with 9 and the 2nd leader in points with 17.

The tweet that sort of went viral:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1084222781586358272

Now the tweet above was pointed out after the game. This was Jackson’s game winner, and it looks like he traveled but it wasn’t called.

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