North Texas guard James Reese (0) goes after the ball with Louisiana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. (2) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Conference USA men's tournament, in Frisco, Texas, Friday, March 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
North Texas guard James Reese (0) goes after the ball with Louisiana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. (2) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Conference USA men's tournament, in Frisco, Texas, Friday, March 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Javion Hamlet had 18 points and six rebounds as North Texas defeated Louisiana Tech 54-48 in the semifinals of the Conference USA Conference Tourney on Friday.

Mardrez McBride had 11 points for North Texas (16-9), which will play Western Kentucky for the championship on Saturday. Zachary Simmons and Thomas Bell added 10 points each.

JaColby Pemberton had 12 points for the Bulldogs (21-7). Kenneth Lofton, Jr. added 10 points.

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