Maurice Aniefioka scored 21 points and the North Texas men used a 22-8 run in the final five minutes to beat Nicholls State 92-78 on Thursday night at the Super Pit.
North Texas was hampered in the first half by turnovers and poor shooting, but rallied in the second half to finish with a season-high 92 total points.
The Mean Green scored eight unanswered points to take a 78-70 lead at 3:19. After four points by the Colonels, North Texas went on a second run, scoring 10 unanswered.
Four players — Maurice Aniefiok, Vertrail Vaughns, Jordan Williams and Brandan Walton — scored all the points for UNT in the 22-8 run. Aniefiok scored five points in the run and finished with a team-high 21 points. Vertrail Vaughns finished with 17 and Williams had 14. Walton scored six of his eight points in the run.
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Despite making just seven field goals in the first half, North Texas finished by shooting a season-high 48.9 percent. The Mean Green also recorded season highs with 7-of-11 shooting from 3-point range and 84.8 shooting from the foul line.
The 39 points (on 46 attempts) from the free-throw line kept the Mean Green in the game. The 39 free throws is the fourth most in a single game in Mean Green school history.