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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

The North Texas men's basketball team will take on Indiana State tonight at the Super Pit, where the Mean Green will look to pull out of a two-game slide.

The Mean Green are 4-5 on the season and are looking to avoid a rare three-game losing streak for coach Grant McCasland. He lost his last three at Arkansas State before coming to UNT.

That was the first three-game slide of his tenure as a head coach.

The Mean Green are dealing with a host of injury and eligibility issues that we ran through here ...

Guard Umoja Gibson is out for the year. Fellow guard Jorden Duffy went down with a knee injury in UNT's loss to UTA in its last outing.

UNT has leaned on Roosevelt Smart early in the season. The sophomore guard is averaging 17.1 points per game.

The Mean Green will likely need a big game from him against an Indiana State team that beat Indiana earlier in the year.

The Sycamores are 3-4 on the year and feature a potent backcourt that includes three players averaging double figures in Jordan Barnes (15.0), Brenton Scott (12.4) and Qiydar Davis (12.0). 

Stay tuned. I will update the blog all night.

Starters for UNT -- Ryan Woolridge, A.J. Lawson, Roosevelt Smart, Zachary Simmons and Shane Temara. 

15:32 -- UNT is up 9-7 on Indiana State at the first media timeout of the first half. Shane Temara converted a three-point play in the early going for UNT. 

11:54 -- UNT is still up two, this time at 11-9 at the second media timeout of the first half. Indiana State has made just one of its six 3-point attempts.  

7:37 -- UNT and Indiana State are all tied up at 17-17 in the first half here at the Super Pit. UNT was up six, but Qiydar Davis hit back-to-back 3s for Indiana State to tie it up. That is what the Sycamores do. UNT can't let them get hot from deep. 

3:59 -- UNT is down 23-20 at the final media timeout of the first half and just turned the ball over on a shot clock violation. Indiana State is on a 12-3 run. 

Halftime -- UNT is down 30-23 at end of the first half of its game against Indiana State at the Super Pit. The Mean Green really struggled offensively in the first half. UNT has hit just one of its seven shots from 3-point range and are shooting 40 percent from floor. A.J. Lawson has eight points to lead UNT. Indiana State is 4-for-12 from 3-point range.

UNT was up six before Indiana State went on a 10-0 run. 

17:07 -- Indiana State has scored the last five points and is up 39-29 on UNT early in the second half. Shane Temara hit a 3 for UNT to keep things interesting. UNT just took a timeout.

14:11 -- Indiana State is up 44-34 on UNT here at the Super Pit in the second half. Shane Temara is having a good game for UNT and has 11 points. Indiana State has seven 3s.

11:46 -- UNT is on a 6-0 run and has pulled within 44-39 in the second half of its game against Indiana State here at the Super Pit. Roosevelt Smart hit a 3 to spark the Mean Green. A.J. Lawson just picked up a basket for UNT on a goal tending call. 

8:17 -- UNT is down 50-42 past the midway point of the second half. Ryan Woolridge has taken a shot to the midsection and had his legs cut out from under him in the second half. Shane Temara has 13 points for UNT. 

2:55 -- UNT is down 59-53 in the late stages of the second half and is headed to the line for a one-and-one opportunity coming out of this timeout. Indiana State is on a 6-2 run. Shane Temara has 15 points and Roosevelt Smart 12 for UNT. 

1:01 -- UNT is closing in on Indiana State late in the second half. Indiana State is up 60-57 and just took a timeout. Zachary Simmons scored off a rebound for UNT to make this a one-possession game. 

:29 -- UNT has pulled within 62-60 on a Ryan Woolridge 3.

OT -- A.J. Lawson hit a 3 at the buzzer to tie UNT's game against Indiana State up at 68-68 and send it to overtime. Roosevelt Smart missed from the corner, but UNT got the rebound and Lawson just got it off. 

1:25 -- Shane Temara just hit a corner 3 to put UNT up 74-73 in overtime of its game against Indiana State. The Sycamores just took a timeout. 

14.0 -- UNT is up 78-74 and will hang on for a big win over Indiana State here at the Super Pit.

Final -- UNT pulls out a 79-76 win over Indiana State in overtime.