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North Texas comes back to defeat Rice in overtime

Luis Barrio

The North Texas Mean Green Eagles came back from a 13-point deficit to take down the Rice Owls 63-62 in the first round of the Conference USA Men’s basketball championship.

Trailing by nine at the half, North Texas came back and outscored Rice 20-9 in the first nine minutes in the second half and eventually sent the game to overtime as sophomore guard Keith Washington missed the game-winning jumper with only four seconds remaining.

It all came down to the last minute of overtime when the Owls’ junior forward Seth Gearhart and  senior guard Austin Ramljak missed their two shots from the free throw line and North Texas’ junior guard Chris Jones made both at the other end to give the Mean Green Eagles a 63-62 lead with 20 seconds left in the game.

Freshman guard Marcus Jackson missed the game-winning jumper and North Texas held on to a 63-62 victory. For the Mean Green Eagles senior  guard Brendan Walton led the way with 17 points, followed by junior forward Colin Voss with 16. Junior guard Jordan Williams had a double-double with 11 point and 14 rebounds.

Ramljak led the Owls in scoring with 17 points and forwards Sean Obi and Seth Gearhart followed with 12 and  respectively.

With the win No. 10 North Texas advanced to the second round where they will face the No. 7 seed the Tulane Green Wave tomorrow at 12 p.m., at the Don Haskins Center. Edwin Delgado may be reached at [email protected].

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Edwin Delgado, Sports Editor
Edwin is a senior  multimedia journalism major who came  to The Prospector in May of 2012 as a correspondent. He became the sports editor starting the summer 2012 semester. Edwin is excited for the challenges that lie ahead as the paper transitions into a daily publication. He fell in love with sports at a very young age, especially with soccer, and learned to embrace others as he grew up. The 2013-14 year will be a good opportunity for him to watch the new era of UTEP football and how a solid new basketball class performs first hand. Edwin is trying to get as much as possible from the last stretch of his college life before getting into the real world when he graduates in May of 2014.
Luis Barrio, Staff Reporter
Luis Barrio is a staff reporter specializing in Sports. He is also the co-host of the Prospector News Weekly, a weekly broadcast that covers all of the top stories at UTEP. He is a Senior graduating in December 2014. Luis is a product of El Paso, TX. He enjoys being outdoors and being physically active. His family comes before anything else. He is a big sports enthusiast and a fan of good movies. Luis spent the summer of 2013 interning for ABC-7 KVIA. Upon graduation Luis aspires to work for CBS as a sports broadcaster. “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever a having felt sorry for itself.” D.H. Lawrence
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