North Texas 77, Louisiana Monroe 71, OT
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP)—Ben Bell hit a key three-pointer in overtime and Kendrick Davis made four free throws in the final 26 seconds as North Texas beat Louisiana-Monroe 77-71 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Sunday.
Bell’s three-pointer put North Texas (21-10) up by four points with 2:33 left in overtime and Harold Stewart added three free throws in the next 40 seconds to give the Mean Green a 73-66 lead.
Louisiana-Monroe missed its last five shots from the field in the extra period and Davis hit two clinching free throws for North Texas.
Louisiana-Monroe (18-13) led 62-59 with 2:40 left in regulation on three throws by Tony Hoope. But Calvin Watson hit a game-tying three-pointer for North Texas.
Watson had 19 points to lead North Texas while Stewart added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hooper had 25 points to lead the Warhawks, while Jordan Payne scored 12.