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SBC: Season 2009-2010

North Texas won Sun Belt Championship
2009-10 (Photo: Sun Belt)
Sun Belt
Regular Season
East Division
1 Troy 13-5
1 Middle Tenn.St. 13-5
3 W.Kentucky 12-6
4 Florida Atlantic 10-8
5 S.Alabama 8-10
6 Florida Intern. 4-14
West Division
1 N.Texas 13-5
2 Arkansas St. 11-7
3 Denver 10-8
4 La-Lafayette 10-8
5 La-Monroe 6-12
6 UALR 4-14
7 New Orleans 3-15
University of North Texas 2009-10
Johnny Jones Johnny Jones Jones
George Odufuwa
Shannon Shorter
Josh White
Eric Tramiel
Tristan Thompson
4 Odufuwa George 6'8'' (203) F 88 Nigerian
21 Shorter Shannon 6'4'' (193) G 89 USA
10 White Josh 5'10'' (178) G 88 USA
25 Tramiel Eric 6'7'' (201) F 88 USA
14 Thompson Tristan 6'5'' (196) G 88 USA
3 Williams Alzee 6'4'' (193) G 90 USA
30 Holmen Jacob 6'8'' (203) F 91 USA
15 Knox Ben 6'10'' (208) C   USA
24 Hogans Kedrick 6'7'' (201) F 89 USA
20 Mangrum Collin 6'5'' (196) G   USA
1 Johnson Dominique 5'10'' (178) G 87 USA
11 Matlock Antwone 6'1'' (185) G   USA
12 Goff Nick 6'4'' (193) G   USA
23 Thomas Richard 6'5'' (196) G   USA
 Head Coach: Jones Johnny     
 Assistant: Leonard Charlie     
 Assistant: Forrest Shawn     
 Assistant: Foy Bill     
North Texas won Sun Belt Championship 2010
The smallest man on the floor came up bigger than everyone and North Texas is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last four seasons. Josh White (5'10''-G-88) scored with 22 seconds left and hit a free throw with 2.9 seconds remaining in the game to lift North Texas (24-8) to a 66-63 win over the Troy Trojans (20-12) in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game.
Eric Tramiel (6'7''-F-88) was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Tournament after his second double-double of the tournament as he poured in 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. George Odufuwa (6'8''-F-88), who grabbed 17 rebounds to go along with 11 points, was also named to the All-Tournament team.
'We are excited about it and very blessed and fortunate to be in this position,' said coach Johnny Jones. 'We executed in the second half and made some plays down the stretch and are just so excited to be able to represent the Sun Belt in the NCAA Tournament.'
With the game tied at 63-63, White hit a 12-footer in the lane to make it 65-63 North Texas. Troy missed on the other end and the Mean Green captured the loose ball. White was fouled twice and made one of two from the line with 2.9 seconds left. A 3-pointer at the buzzer by Michael Vogler (6'1''-G-87) fell short and the Mean Green had its third berth to the NCAA Tournament in hand.
'I was going to the hoop the entire way, I just drove in and pulled up and it was fortunate that it went in,' said White. 'My teammates just told me to keep shooting and I knew a couple would fall in eventually and I was able knock a few of them down.'
The win is the 11th straight for North Texas and a new single season school record with 24 victories on the year.
The Mean Green began the second half with a 13-4 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 51-44 lead with 13 minutes left in the game. Collin Mangrum (6'5''-G) 3-pointer with 7:52 left kept North Texas ahead by seven before one final push by the Trojans.
A Brandon Hazzard (6'2''-G-87) 3-pointer made it a two-point game at 61-59 with less than four minutes to play. The Trojans tied the game at 63 with 53 seconds remaining setting up the final heroics by White.
'I feel like with this program the sky is the limit, we are on the rise right now and it just feels great right now,' said Odufuwa. 'At the end of the day there is only one champion.'
The Mean Green jumped out to an early 9-4 lead three minutes into the game after a 3-poinnt play from Eric Tramiel.
A very fast paced half, the Trojans rallied with a 12-4 run to take a 15-13 lead with 13:05 left. North Texas came right back with a 3-pointer from Tramiel and then a 3-point play from Odufuwa to pull back in front 21-17.
The pace continued to quicken as Troy opened up a 30-26 lead on a dunk and a foul for Yamene Coleman (6'9''-C-86). North Texas battled back with four straight points from Alzee Williams (6'4''-G-90) to cut the Trojan lead to one-point at 32-31 with 4:24 left in the half.
A Michael Vogler 3-pointer with under a minute left in the half gave the Trojans a two-point lead at 40-38. The first half saw 12 lead changes and six ties.
Four players scored in double figures for the Mean Green as they held Troy to just 28 percent shooting in the second half.
Courtesy of North Texas Athletics

Sun Belt Tournament Final: North Texas - Troy 66-63
Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals:
North Texas - Denver 63-56
Troy - WKU 54-48

Sun Belt All-Tournament MVP: Eric Tramiel of N.Texas

Sun Belt All-Tournament Team
Eric Tramiel of N.Texas
George Odufuwa of N.Texas
Michael Vogler of Troy
Brandon Hazzard of Troy

All-Sun Belt 1st Team 2009-10
Tyren Johnson
Nate Rohnert
Desmond Yates
Brandon Hazzard
A.J. Slaughter

All-Sun Belt 1st Team
Nate Rohnert (6'5''-G-87) of Denver
Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88) of Louisiana-Lafayette
Desmond Yates (6'7''-F-86) of Middle Tennessee
Brandon Hazzard of Troy
A.J. Slaughter (6'3''-G) of WKU

All-Sun Belt 2nd Team
Brandon Reed (6'3''-G) of Arkansas State
George Odufuwa of North Texas
Tim Williams (6'2''-G-89) of South Alabama
Michael Vogler of Troy
Steffphon Pettigrew (6'5''-F) of WKU

All-Sun Belt 3rd Team -10
Greg Gantt (6'2''-G) of Florida Atlantic
Raymond Taylor (5'6''-G) of Florida Atlantic
Tristan Thompson (6'5''-G-88) of North Texas
Eric Tramiel of North Texas
Josh White of North Texas

All-Sun Belt Player of the Year: Tyren Johnson of Louisiana-Lafayette
All-Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year: Brett Royster (6'8''-F-89) of Florida Atlantic
All-Sun Belt Freshman of the Year: Brandon Reed of Arkansas State
All-Sun Belt Coach of the Year: John Brady of Arkansas State
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