Mitchell was playing with four fouls and UALR had the ball leading 56-48 with 1:27 left. Knowing North Texas was switching ball screens, UALR had James White, who was guarded by Mitchell, set a screen for John Gillon. North Texas switched it, leaving the 6-8 Mitchell guarding Gillon, a 6-0 point guard.
“John Gillon came off the ball screen and Tony switched. We went flat there,” UALR Coach Steve Shields said.
When he says they went flat, he means they spread out across the high post, clearing the lane. Gillon then drove the ball on Mitchell, drawing his fifth foul and sending him to the bench for the rest of the night.
“John did a really good job not settling for a jump shot. That was big,” Shields said.
Mitchell finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Once again, he was no better head-to-head than UALR’s Will Neighbour, who had 11 points and 6 rebounds. More importantly, Neighbour is 3-1 in head to head games vs. Mitchell, who is expected to enter the NBA next season.
BURN BABY BURN
Unless they play a nonconference game in the future, this was UALR’s last visit to The Super Pit for a while. That’s too bad because UALR Coach Steve Shields is 4-3 inside that building. The three previous victories inside The Super Pit came in seasons when UALR won a division championship. The fourth? We’ll have to wait to find out.
UALR sophomore Michael Javes’ stats aren’t all that impressive. But Javes did a pretty good job matching up against North Texas’ Tony Mitchell.
“I thought he did a very good job defending him. Tony Mitchell is an outstanding player. He’s hard to guard. You have to use multiple guys on him. You’re guards have to dig down on him. Our team did a good job with that,” UALR Coach Steve Shields said.
STAT OF THE GAME
47.6 percent. UALR didn’t match its above 50 percent second half shooting percentage from the past two games, but the Trojans did shoot 47.6 percent after halftime. This included 10 of 21 from the field.
BTH KEYS REVISITED
Guard attack: The way the game was officiated, no one was really in foul trouble most of the way. But UALR’s guards did attack throughout. Grade: B.
70th heaven: UALR definitely kept the score down, holding North Texas to 57 points. Solid effort on the road. Grade: A.
Block party: UALR got outrebounded by six, but North Texas got several at the very end. For the most part, UALR hung in there in rebounding. Grade: B.
UALR shot 62.5 percent from three-point range in the first half.
North Texas went to the free throw line 24 times in the second half. Fortunately, the Mean Green only made 16.
Only four North Texas players scored. Jordan Williams had 22, Roger Franklin 20, Tony Mitchell 13 and Niko Stojiljkovic 2. That was it.
UALR was a three-point underdog on Saturday. Those betting UALR were winners.
Only CBS Sportsline went with UALR in the predictions. Therefore, they were the only winners on Saturday.
UALR gets a week off before hosting South Alabama next Saturday night. South Alabama plays twice before then. The Jaguars host Florida International on Sunday and travel to Arkansas State on Thursday.