Tuesday , Mar , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

North Texas claims SBC title

Lafayette, LA (Sports Network) – Calvin Watson scored 24 points — including
six three-pointers — to lead North Texas to its first-ever Sun Belt
Conference Tournament title with an 83-75 win over Arkansas State at the
Cajundome.

Rich Young added 15 points and Quincy Williams had 12 points and seven boards
for the Mean Green (23-10), who were the surprise winners after entering the
tournament as the five seed. Keith Wooden tallied 11 points and eight boards
and Ben Bell also had 11 points for North Texas, which will be making just its
second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Isaac Wells had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the second-seeded Indians
(18-15), who were vying for their second tournament title and first since
1999.

With the game tied at 55 midway through the second half, the Mean Green scored
nine of 13 points to take the lead for good. Williams’ two free throws with
8:49 left broke the deadlock and Watson’s dunk with 6:28 on the clock
capped it for a 64-59 edge.

The Indians later drew within two on Wells’ three-pointer with 3:05 on the
clock, 72-70, but that was as close as ASU could get.

North Texas last made the NCAA Tournament in 1988, losing to North Carolina in
the first round.

Game Notes

This is the seventh year North Texas has been a part of the Sun Belt
Conference…The Mean Green set a program record for wins in a season…North
Texas picked up four wins in this year’s tournament, improving its all-time
record to 5-6 in this event…Watson was named the tournament’s Most
Outstanding Player.

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