HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- George Odufuwa had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lift North Texas to an 83-69 win over Troy in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Saturday night.
Dominique Johnson had 18 points to lead the No. 4 seed Mean Green (20-10), who advance to face top-seeded Florida Atlantic in the tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.
Troy (8-21) defeated North Texas 89-81 on Jan. 15. After trailing 43-38 at halftime on Saturday, the fifth-seeded Trojans closed the Mean Green lead to 57-56 midway through the second half after a putback by Bernard Toombs.
Vernon Taylor led four Troy players in double figures with 17 points. The Trojans shot 26 of 60 (43.3 percent) from the field but hit just 4 of 25 3-pointers.