Junior Jordan Williams recorded his first career double-double to lead North Texas to a 75-61 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (5-3) won its third straight game as it improved to 4-0 in Denton.
“I thought our guys came out tonight with the right mindset,” UNT coach Tony Benford said. “They played with a lot of energy and passion early and played hard. I thought we did a great job defensively in the first half. I thought offensively we executed and took good shots.”
Williams was one point shy of a double-double in the opening game this season and was two rebounds shy in UNT’s last game.
With his 10th rebound coming near the end of the game Saturday, Williams finally hit double-digit scoring and rebounding for the first time. He was 4-for-10 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line, finishing with 15 points.
Williams led four players in double figures. Alzee Williams led the Mean Green with 18 points, Chris Jones chipped in with 14 and Keith Coleman added 10.
Behind 50 percent shooting, the Mean Green quickly built a 10-point lead in the first half. Alzee Williams had 11 points in the half, including five points from the free throw line.
North Texas scored 22 points from the line in the game after recording 25 against Incarnate Word.
“We talk about getting paint touches,” Benford said. “That’s putting pressure on the defense and getting the ball in the paint off a bounce or a pass. We did a great job of that. Alzee is great in transition. We want to try to make 22 free throws a game. Today we met that goal. We want to play inside-outside.”
North Texas held the Lions to just seven field goals and led 41-27 at the break.
North Texas kept a double-digit lead throughout the second half. The Lions cut the lead to 60-48 at the 10:11 mark, but Coleman hit two straight baskets, including a dunk, to keep the Mean Green ahead by double digits.
Colin Voss led the Mean Green in rebounding with 12 boards, a season high.
North Texas will visit BYU at 8 p.m. Tuesday.