Junior guard Jordair Jett scored two of his game-high 17 points on a driving layin with 35 seconds remaining to put the Bills ahead for good.
After a blistering start, which included a 17-2 SLU run, North Texas fought back to close the first half on a 15-5 run to go into the halftime break up 36-34.
In the second half, both teams played particularly poor basketball. Turnovers, fouls, and poor execution marked the final 20 minutes.
With each team's best player out with foul trouble, the game turned into absolute chaos. UNT failed to find its star, Tony Mitchell, over the last four minutes. On the other hand, senior forward Cody Ellis stepped up in Dwayne Evans' absence with 17 points, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line which was huge down the stretch.
Although it may not have been their best game of the year, the Bills can take several positives away from Wednesday night. Most notably, the play of Cory Remekun was stellar. The senior big man was an imposing force defensively with three blocks and made multiple hustle plays that uplifted his squad.
Quotes that Matter:
"We're in the middle of things. First thing we wanted to do was to honor Coach [Majerus]. . .Number two is academics. We're getting into finals week so we're really pushing our kids to concentrate on their academics. Third thing is we had two basketball games. I'm extremely proud of our guys with how they stayed with it tonight. At times, we probably didn't play particularly well at times. . .but we never hung our heads on it. We won by a close decision, but I'll take that. I'm very pleased with the guys." -- Jim Crews
"The last I hear, he's going to have an x-ray here pretty quick. If that goes well, probably on the backside of Christmas some time." -- Crews on Kwamain Mitchell
"We won one game four times. We've just been talking about how we need a streak. We need to get two." -- Jordair Jett
"I think I was playing off [Mitchell] too soft. In the second half I tried to be more aggressive. . .I was looking forward to the challenge." -- Cory Remekun
"They were just playing harder than us. . .we had a talk in the locker room and said we had to execute and get stuff done." -- Jordair Jett
"I just saw an opportunity and I was wide open. . .and it went in." -- Jordair Jett