DENTON, Texas — Zachary Simmons scored a career-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, Ryan Woolridge added 12 points with five assists, and undefeated North Texas beat the University of Maine 74-63 in overtime at the Wolfpack Classic on Tuesday night to win its seventh straight men’s basketball game.
Isaiah White’s two free throws put Maine up 62-60 in overtime, but Jordan Duffy hit two from the line and North Texas scored eight straight and led 68-62 on Umoja Gibson’s 3-pointer with 2:22 to play. Andrew Fleming scored Maine’s only other overtime point as the Black Bears were outshot 14-3.
The Mean Green led 35-23 at halftime behind Simmons’ 15 points and North Texas (7-0) shot 52 percent overall to Maine’s 45 percent and made 20 of 24 free throws.
Isaiah White scored 22 points for Maine (0-5). Vilgot Larsson added 15 points with seven rebounds and Fleming scored 11.
D.J. Draper and Michael Miller chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mean Green.
Facing a 56-47 deficit with 2:06 remaining, the Black Bears used a 13-4 scoring run to force overtime. The surge was capped by a coast-to-coast layup drive by White with 1.1 seconds left that made it 60-all.
White (8-for-19 shooting, 4 rebounds) connected for eight of his points in the final 1:04 of regulation.
UMaine took its first lead of the contest when White opened the scoring in overtime, but the Mean Green closed the game on a 14-1 run to escape the Super Pit with the victory.
Sergio El Darwich rounded out the Black Bears’ double-figure scorers with 10 points and contributed three steals. Larsson went 7-for-8 from the floor and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Fleming distributed a season-high five assists, grabbed four rebounds and added two blocks and two steals.
North Texas, which defeated its previous six opponents by an average of 30.7 points, opened the game in a 19-8 run. Larsson tallied all of those points for UMaine.
The Black Bears return to the hardwood on Sunday for the last of six consecutive road games with a 2 p.m. game at Quinnipiac.