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Benford praises team’s execution of gameplan in men’s basketball win over Nicholls State


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Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer @ReeceTapout15

Coming into Monday night’s contest against Nicholls State University, North Texas was riding a seven game losing streak, its longest dating back to 2002.

But behind a career high performance from junior guard Deckie Johnson, the Mean Green found the win column. It was the first victory over a division one opponent this year and the first win in nearly a month of play.

“I’ve never experienced anything like that, as a player or coach,” head coach Tony Benford said. “A streak that long. We felt like we gave some of those games away.”

North Texas came out of the gates firing and outscored Nicholls State 41 to 22 in the first half. Junior guard J-Mychal Reese, who poured in 14 points in the win, said the team’s early success should be attributed to their aggressiveness.

“We made it tough on them,” Reese said. “We didn’t let them get easy shots. That really helped us out.”

Reese’s performance was his eighth straight game in double figures. Sophomore forward Jeremy Combs also poured in 19 points and eight rebounds, leading Benford to praise the entire team’s effort.

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