Arkansas State vs North Texas

North Texas 76, Arkansas St. 72

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Jacob Holman scored 21 points and made five 3-point shots to lead North Texas to a 76-72 over against Arkansas State in a Sun Belt tournament semifinal on Monday night.

Alzee Williams added 12 points, Brandan Walton and Tony Mitchell 11 each and Roger Franklin 10 for the fifth-seeded Mean Green (18-13), who will play No. 7 seed Western Kentucky in the championship game on Tuesday. It is the team's third straight trip to the finals, and the fourth in six years.

Trey Finn had 21 points and made five 3-pointers for the ninth-seeded Red Wolves (14-20). Marcus Hooten had 18 points and Malcoln Kirkland 14 points and 10 rebounds.

In a game with nine ties and 10 lead changes, the largest second-half cushion for either team was six points. Walton's driving layup gave North Texas the lead for good, 68-67, with 1:51 remaining, and the Mean Green went 8 of 10 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

North Texas shot 58.7 percent (27 of 46) and 61.5 percent (8 of 13) from 3-point range. Both figures are season highs.

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Scoreboard
Arkansas State (14-20)343872
North Texas (18-13) «383876
ARST:T. Finn 21 Pts
ARST:M. Kirkland 10 Reb
ARST:E. Townsel 6 Ast
NTX:J. Holmen 21 Pts
NTX:T. Mitchell 5 Reb
NTX:J. Holmen 4 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Arkansas StateNorth Texas
ARST
Trey Finn
NTX
Jacob Holmen
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
21522144
Arkansas State Indians
B. Peterson, F372-62-24126
M. Kirkland, F307-130-0100414
T. Finn, G406-124-452221
E. Townsel, G361-60-13633
M. Hooten, G298-160-021418
R. Dickerson151-31-22314
D. Griswold133-40-01016
Totals 28-607-932131772
 46.7%77.8% 
North Texas Mean Green
J. Holmen, F398-110-044021
T. Mitchell, F261-38-852411
R. Franklin, F255-90-031410
A. Williams, G364-64-641112
B. Walton, G304-72-212011
K. Hogans162-30-04024
N. Stojiljkovic122-30-02314
T. Hall101-30-00023
T. Norris50-10-00010
F. Robinson10-00-00000
Totals 27-4614-1623131576
 58.7%87.5% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Little Rock17-330-542
UL-Monroe15-520-1496
UT-Arlington13-724-11105
UL Lafayette12-819-15156
Ga. Southern10-1014-17243
Georgia St.9-1116-14180
Texas St.8-1215-16238
S. Alabama8-1214-19240
Arkansas St.7-1311-20284
App. St.7-139-22259
Troy4-169-22293
 
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