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Men's basketball: Smart hits record 10 3s as UNT tops Rice

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HOUSTON -- Sophomore guard Roosevelt Smart scored a career-high 42 points and hit a school-record 10 3-pointers to lift North Texas past Rice 85-78 on Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Smart had the fifth-highest scoring output in North Texas history and became the 14th player in school history to score 40 points. His 10 3-pointers beat the previous mark of eight, set by multiple players.

The Mean Green (10-8, 3-2 Conference USA) nailed 16 3-pointers on the road, tied for the second-most in school history. The school record is 19 against Mary Hardin-Baylor on Nov. 25, 1996.

UNT redshirt sophomore DJ Draper provided a huge spark off the bench with a career-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers. Draper was 8-for-11 from the field and grabbed four rebounds.

In the second half, North Texas came out on fire, as Smart hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make the score 41-37 UNT. Smart pushed the lead to five points off another 3-pointer to make it 46-41. Sophomore Ryan Woolridge scored five straight points to force Rice into a timeout at 51-41.

With 7:37 remaining, Rice's Ako Adams had a conventional three-point play to get within 68-63. UNT answered with a 7-2 run capped by another Smart 3-pointer to make it 75-65 with 6:02 left.

Rice made one last run to get within three points at 77-74, but Smart's 10th 3-pointer of the game was the dagger to go ahead 80-74 with 1:58 on the clock.

The Mean Green went 5-for-6 from the free throw line to seal the victory.

UNT is 3-0 on the road in conference play for the first time since 1990-91, when it started 4-0 in the Southland Conference.

North Texas will visit Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.