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Basketball: Johnson rallies UNT to win

North Texas coach Tony Benford delivered the same message to sharpshooting guard Deckie Johnson over and over again the past few weeks.

Softball: Bice flirts with no-no

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — TWU junior Tori Bice fell one strike short of a no-hitter, and the Pioneers capped a second two-game sweep on the second day of the Southern Arkansas tournament Saturday. TWU defeated Lincoln 8-3, then run-ruled Southwest Baptist 9-1 in five innings.

Basketball: Tech tops UNT women

RUSTON, La. — North Texas, coming off one of its worst offensive performances Thursday, put up 71 points and nearly picked up its first win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but foul trouble hurt UNT in a 77-71 loss.

Basketball: Potent Tech to test Mean Green defense

North Texas used some tenacious defense to snap a five-game losing streak Thursday.

OU’s Capps scores 10 at TWU

TWU finished fourth in its four-way meet against No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 10 Auburn and Illinois State on Friday night at Kitty Magee Arena.

Bice, Gandy toss no-no

MAGNOLIA, Ark. — TWU won both of its games on the first day of the Southern Arkansas tournament Friday. The Pioneers defeated Rogers State 5-3 before two TWU pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 4-0 win against Newman.

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Basketball: Getting defensive

Rickey Brice Jr. was forced to sit and watch as North Texas stumbled through the last three outings of a five-game losing streak while recovering from a concussion the past two weeks.

Football: C-USA’s best to welcome Littrell to UNT

Seth Littrell won’t have to wait long to find out just how competitive the best teams in Conference USA are in his first season as North Texas’ head coach.

Basketball: Lions topple TWU

COMMERCE — TWU had three players set career-high point totals Thursday, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell 88-78 to Texas A&M-Commerce.

Southern Miss stifles Mean Green women

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — North Texas entered its battle with Southern Mississippi hoping to play heartbreaker to a team that had yet to lose on its home court this season. But the Mean Green didn’t bring much offense with them.

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Football: Chalk signs with Clemson

ARGYLE — Football has always been a big part of life for J.C. Chalk. Chalk is the grandson of well-known college player and coach Gene Stallings, so in many ways he was born with the game coursing through his veins. Chalk just needed to find where his athletic skill set fit best.

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Football: Ryan’s McLaurin goes with SMU

Just because Ken McLaurin committed to SMU in October didn’t mean the chase for his services was over. McLaurin was a highly touted defensive tackle for Ryan and said he racked up 17 Division I offers.

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Littrell introduces two quarterbacks

The last time Alec Morris was on a football field for an official game, he ended up celebrating a second national title with Alabama.

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Football: Bearcats’ Bailey bound for Big Ten

As of a few weeks ago, Pilot Point’s DaCoven Bailey didn’t have too much in the way of offers, lacking in serious Division I interest. But that didn’t get Bailey down. He knew that one way or another he would be playing football for someone next year.

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Football: UNT class spurs confidence

Seth Littrell made a big impression on one of his newest players a few days ago with a simple statement posted on his brand-new Twitter account. Littrell wrote about how much he enjoyed bowl season and vowed that this would be the last year North Texas wouldn’t participate.

Basketball: Shillow capitalizes on chance to shine for Mean Green

Orianna Shillow didn’t hesitate a bit Saturday when she received a big opportunity to make an impact for North Texas. The freshman walk-on had played just two minutes all season for the Mean Green.

Football: UNT to introduce fruits of Littrell’s quick work

The clock on putting together a 2016 recruiting class was already running down toward zero when Seth Littrell took over as North Texas’ coach.

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Notebook: TWU’s Jones finds zone

Denton sophomore Schyler Jones is considered a cornerstone performer for the TWU gymnastics team, and last weekend she lived up to that billing by leading the Pioneers to a second-place finish in a four-team meet at San Jose State.

Notebook: UNT to face star center Jenkins

The North Texas women’s basketball team will face one of the more dominant post players in Conference USA this week in the opener of a two-game road trip.

UNT gains 3 more pledges in football

Jameel Moore thought his recruiting process had come to a close in August when he committed to Rice.

Football: UNT’s nabs key recruits in lead-up to signing day

Heading into the weekend, North Texas had one player committed from Arizona Western College in defensive back Dontavious Baulkman.

Basketball: Spector shines as TWU earns road win

TWU junior Emily Spector came off the bench and scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Pioneers to a 64-58 win Sunday at Midwestern State.

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Unwanted extra Rice

The stage was set for North Texas to make its latest game one heck of a feel-good story.The Mean Green honored their 1986 NCAA tournament team during their game against Rice and rode a breakout performance...

Basketball: Host Owls overpower UNT men

HOUSTON — North Texas scored 87 points but couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch and lost 95-87 at Rice on Saturday.

Roundup: TWU earns first win

PALM BAY, Fla. — TWU split on the second day at the Florida Tech/Marriott Kickoff Classic. The Pioneers fell to Flagler 10-5 before bouncing back with a 6-3 win against Palm Beach Atlantic.

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Basketball: UNT to honor 1985-86 tournament team today

Regina Woods characterizes the early stages of her basketball career at North Texas in simple terms.

Softball: Pioneers open with losses

MELBOURNE, Fla. — TWU dropped a pair of games on the opening day of the season at the Florida Tech/Marriott Kickoff Classic on Friday. The Pioneers fell to Florida Tech 2-0 in the opener and dropped a 5-2 decision to Lynn.

Softball preview: TWU taking big swings shifting focus from power hitting

TWU coach Genny Stidham’s move from the dugout to the third base coaching box when her team’s at the plate is but one of the many changes the Pioneers will undergo in a season that gets underway today at a tournament in Florida.

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Men’s basketball: UNT starters carrying load as bench struggles to produce

Since he arrived at North Texas, Jeremy Combs has impressed his coaches, the Mean Green’s fans and anyone else paying attention with his all-out effort. Combs starts fast and never seems to quit. Lately, he hasn’t had much of a choice.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers drop tight game to Aggies

LAWTON, Okla. — TWU junior Erin Maxwell and sophomore Alexis Nezianya both recorded double-doubles Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers fell to the host Cameron Aggies 75-69.

UNT notebook: Oklahoma QB commits to UNT

There haven’t been many players in Oklahoma high school history who have been as productive as Mason Fine. The Locust Grove quarterback threw for 13,081 yards and 166 touchdowns in his high school career.

TWU notebook: Pioneers out to learn from first road loss

After suffering its first road loss last weekend, the TWU basketball team learned that winning on the road means staying focused and executing all the way through the final buzzer.

San Antonio running back will not sign with Mean Green on Feb. 3

Tyrone Middleton, a running back from San Antonio Southwest who committed to North Texas this summer, will not sign with the Mean Green on national signing day.

Football: JUCO defensive back commits to UNT

North Texas is hoping to turn the fortunes of its football program under new head coach Seth Littrell and spent the weekend trying to convince a host of junior college and high school players to be a part of the process.

Women’s basketball: Rambelles rally past Pioneers in fourth

SAN ANGELO — TWU dropped an 81-78 decision to Angelo State on Sunday at the Junell Center.

Pioneers finish second at meet

TWU placed second in its four-way meet against Air Force, Centenary and Southeast Missouri State on Sunday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena.

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Basketball: Coast-to-coast Criner

Kelsey Criner didn’t look at her coach, only the clock, as the final seconds ticked away in North Texas’ game against UAB on Saturday.

Basketball: Red-hot Blazers burn UNT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas held a two-point halftime lead Saturday, but UAB scored 45 second-half points to secure the nation’s second-longest winning streak at 14 games with a 78-57 win at Bartow Arena.

Football: UNT moves boost Texas flavor of Littrell’s staff

Seth Littrell vowed to construct a staff with a host of Texas ties shortly after taking over North Texas’ football program.

Basketball: UNT officially adds Frazier; UAB up next

The North Texas men’s basketball team officially welcomed a key piece of its future Friday as it prepared for another big challenge in what has been a tough season.

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Basketball: Pioneers exercise depth in 17-point win over A&M-Kingsville

Against a Texas A&M-Kingsville team that has struggled, going winless in the first five games of its Lone Star Conference schedule, the short-handed TWU Pioneers knew they were going to have to keep their...

Basketball: MTSU wins 13th straight vs. Mean Green

A new era in North Texas’ long rivalry with Middle Tennessee didn’t look any different than the past on Thursday.

Basketball: Second half dooms UNT men on road

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — North Texas trailed by two points at halftime, but a second-half cold streak by the Mean Green gave Middle Tennessee a 86-64 victory Thursday at the Murphy Center.

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Men’s basketball: Sources say ex-Mustang Frazier transferring to UNT

A move that has long been expected is coming to fruition. Former SMU guard Keith Frazier is transferring to North Texas. Erven Davis, Frazier’s former AAU coach and a key mentor, confirmed the news Wednesday morning.

Basketball: Brown finds niche doing whatever UNT needs

Back when Ja’Michael Brown was in high school in San Antonio, he excelled at just about everything. Brown was an all-state basketball player, not to mention an all-state wide receiver in football before he dropped the latter and narrowed his focus.

Football: Versatile Muhammad commits to Mean Green

Khairi Muhammad knew a lot about North Texas long before new coach Seth Littrell and his staff jumped into the race to sign him a few days ago. The cornerback/wide receiver is the cousin of UNT linebacker Calvin Minor and a close friend of fellow DeSoto product Bryce English, a defensive tackle who joined the Mean Green this week after starting his career at Kansas State.

Notebook: UNT welcomes transfers, including Tide QB

North Texas made it official Tuesday, welcoming five midterm transfers, including quarterback Alec Morris and defensive tackle Bryce English.

Notebook: TWU set to get look at conference foes

After a steady diet of Top 25 opponents to open the season, the TWU gymnastics team will compete against two Midwest Independent Conference rivals in a four-way home meet Sunday.Nobody can say the Pioneers...

Football: Oklahoma wideout commits to UNT

Rico Bussey left North Texas following a weekend visit to the school planning to take some time — and a couple of more recruiting visits — before deciding where to continue his career.A few hours later,...