BOCA RATON, Fla. — Despite having three players score in double figures, North Texas could not complete a Sunshine State sweep as Florida Atlantic’s up-tempo offense overwhelmed the Mean Green 82-69 on Saturday.
“We didn’t play well enough on defense to win the game,” UNT coach Mike Petersen said. “We survived the first half, but in the second half late, they drove it right past us. We just couldn’t answer offensively.”
Coming out in a zone defense, North Texas yielded 12 3-pointers to a hot Owls team in the first half.
Despite the hosts’ exceptional shooting, the Mean Green kept pace with Florida Atlantic, scoring 38 first-half points off of 63 percent shooting from the field.
Petersen made an adjustment to begin the second half, sprinkling in man-to-man defense with the zone, which limited the Owls to two second-half 3-pointers.
The Mean Green began the second half on a 12-4 run, but the Owls retaliated with 18 straight points to bury North Texas.
The Mean Green had three players score in double figures, led by Alexis Hyder’s 16 points and eight rebounds. Briesha Wynn led UNT on the glass with nine rebounds to go with eight points.
Candice Adams scored 14 points and Janis Peterson 13 for the Mean Green.
North Texas will play host to Tulsa at 7 p.m. Wednesday.