BURN THE HORSEPondering why it takes so long to get out of the Jack Stephens Center parking lot after games while compiling tonight’s Burn the Horse UALR Rewind.
BTH Keys to victory
ATTACK MITCHELL: UALR put a couple of fouls on Tony Mitchell and made him sit for a portion of the first half. But the Trojans couldn’t exploit that in the second half. Mitchell ended up playing 35 minutes and had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Grade: D.
GET IN LINE: UALR made more free throws (25) than North Texas attempted (16). But D’Andre Williams, who was 9 of 10, missed a crucial one late. And Michael Javes, who was 8 of 10, missed two crucial ones late Grade: A-.
SLOW AND STEADY: The pace was too hot early but ended up right where UALR needed it to be by the end of regulation (59-59). Grade: A-.
BE AWARE: Not only did UALR let Mitchell stay in the game, North Texas also got a big night from Alzee Williams (25 points) and Brandan Walton (16 points). Grade: F.
UALR was a three-point favorite at tip time. That makes the Trojans a loser for only the second time this season when entering the game as a favorite.
Stat of the game
5-5: North Texas went 5 for 5 from the field in overtime and never trailed.
45-38: After holding a rebound edge at halftime, UALR got out rebounded 45-38 for the game. North Texas turned that into a 13-7 advantage in second-chance points.
Keep it positive
1: UALR had just one turnover in the second half after nine in the first half. Unfortunately, they also had two in overtime for a game total of 12.
Player of the game
Courtney Jackson more than held his own against Mitchell’s double-double. Jackson had 12 points and 14 rebounds (including six offensive).
UALR gets Arkansas State on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center.