North Texas defeats Arkansas State 76-72
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.
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.
Updated March 5, 2012