Denton, Texas Keith Wooden and Josh White scored 25 points apiece to lead North Texas over Oklahoma State Wednesday night.
The Mean Green (2-0) used runs of 17 and 10 points to pull away twice from Oklahoma State (1-1). It was North Texas' first win in three tries in the all-time series against the Cowboys.
The second run featured Wooden, a Free State High product who started his college career at Arizona State before transferring to UNT.
Oklahoma State had scored 11 consecutive points to pull within a point at 51-50, but Wooden put in the next six points to put North Texas ahead 57-50. After that, the Cowboys didn't come within four points of the lead.
With Wooden scoring 14 points and freshman White adding 11, the Mean Green led 44-35 at halftime.
Oklahoma State led just twice, the second time at 16-15. From that point, White and reserve forward Harold Stewart each scored five points during the 17-0 surge to a 32-16 lead 8:42 before halftime.
Marcus Dove kept the Cowboys in the game early, scoring their first eight points and a total of 14 in the first half. He finished as their high scorer with 23. Freshman James Anderson, who scored 29 in the season-opening victory over Prairie View A&M, added 16 against North Texas.
Wooden and Stewart had eight rebounds each to lead North Texas.
The Mean Green shot 50 percent from the floor (30-for-60) with Wooden making 12-of-14 shots (86 percent) and White 8-of-13 (62 percent), including 3-of-4 3-pointers. White also made all six of his free throws, all in the last minute.
Sam Houston State 56, Texas Tech 54
Hunstville, Texas - Shamir McDaniel scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half as Sam Houston State upset Texas Tech.
DeLuis Ramirez hit two driving layups in the final 1:35 to help Sam Houston preserve the victory.
His second, with 58 seconds left, gave Sam Houston a 53-49 lead. McDaniel's 3-point play with 43 seconds remaining put the Bearkats up 56-51.
The Bearkats improved to 2-0 and are 2-3 against the Red Raiders.
Tech (1-1) hit only 15 of 28 free throws and missed four crucial ones the final five minutes.
Bradley 65, Iowa State 56
Peoria, Ill. - Senior Daniel Ruffin had a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds to lead Bradley. Jeremy Crouch added eight points, and five other Braves had six points each.
No other Bradley player scored in double figures. Rahshon Clark and Diante Garrett led Iowa State (2-1) with 13 points. Bryan Petersen added 12 points.
No. 15 Texas A&M 81,UTEP 76
College Station, Texas - Josh Carter scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Texas A&M held off a plucky UTEP team in the preseason NIT.