North Texas beats La. Tech, off to best start in 66 years

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Zachary Simmons had 16 points and six rebounds Thursday night and North Texas tied the program record for its best start with a 63-59 win over Louisiana Tech.

The Mean Green (14-1, 2-0 Conference USA) matched the 1952-53 team’s start with their sixth win in a row and will have an opportunity to surpass them on Saturday when they host Southern Miss.

North Texas built a 30-11 lead when Jorden Duffy’s 3-pointer capped a 16-0 run with 7:22 left in the first half. The Mean Green never trailed from there, but the Bulldogs (11-4, 1-1) rallied in the second half and tied it twice in the final two minutes.

Simmons’ layup with 22 seconds left gave the Mean Green the lead for good at 61-59 and Duffy added a pair of free throws with three seconds left to secure the win.

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Duffy and Michael Miller had 13 points each for North Texas.

Daquan Bracey led Louisiana Tech with 22 points and Jacolby Pemberton added 11. The Bulldogs had their seven-game win streak snapped.