NEW ORLEANS — Tulane used two big second-half runs to pull away from North Texas on Saturday and win 73-62 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
The Green Wave (8-2) had runs of 13-0 and 11-0 to erase a nine-point second-half advantage for UNT.
“We had our chances here today, but I thought we made a few too many mistakes with the game on the line and that hurt us in the end,” UNT coach Mike Petersen said.
After taking a two-point lead into halftime, North Texas (2-8) began the second half on a 9-2 run to open up a 39-30 lead with 16 minutes left in the game.
Tulane answered with a 13-0 run to take a 43-39 lead.
The Mean Green once again fought its way back into the game, thanks in part to the play of Alexis Hyder and Loryn Goodwin.
Goodwin finished the night tying her career high with 17 points, while Hyder had her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
North Texas retook the lead at 51-48 with 10 minutes to play, and Tulane began its second big run. Capped by a 3-pointer from Danielle Blagg, the Green Wave went on an 11-0 run and led 59-51.
The Mean Green got as close as four points on a three-point play from Sara Stanley at 66-62, but Tulane was able to ice the game at the free throw line.
The two teams traded the lead eight times in the first half, but a late 8-2 run gave the Mean Green a 30-28 lead at the break. Goodwin and Hyder combined for 21 of UNT’s 30 first-half points.
UNT will be back in action Thursday when it visits Middle Tennessee for a Sun Belt Conference game.