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Sun Belt Championship: North Texas Edges Troy In Final Seconds For NCAA Tournament Bid

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Josh White hit the go-ahead bucket with 24 seconds left and George Odufuwa came up with a key block on the ensuing series, as North Texas edged Troy, 66-63, for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and a spot in the NCAA's "Big Dance."

Eric Tramiel led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the second-seeded Mean Green (24-8), who are riding an 11-game winning streak and got by Denver in the semifinals here on Monday.

Odufuwa and White each scored 11 points with Odufuwa also securing 17 rebounds to help lead North Texas to its second Sun Belt crown and third appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Brandon Hazzard had 15 points, Yamene Coleman 14 and Michael Vogler scored 13 with eight assists for the top-seeded Trojans (20-12), who came in with a seven-game win streak having knocked off seven-time and defending conference tourney champ Western Kentucky in the semifinals.