Jan. 2, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - UT Arlington used a balanced, efficient offense and a quick second-half spurt to blow past Texas-Permian Basin, 85-59, in a non-conference game Wednesday at Texas Hall.
Senior center Jermaine Griffin scored 19 points, pulled down five rebounds and added three assists in just 19 minutes. Griffin led four players in double figures as UTA (10-2) used the contest against the Falcons (2-8) to gear up for Southland Conference play. The Mavericks play Northwestern State at 4 p.m. Saturday in Natchitoches, La., to open league action.
"We're ahead of where I thought we would be at this point, so I'm happy with how things have gone," UTA coach Scott Cross said. "You always want to go into conference play with some confidence, and we definitely accomplished that."
UTA won its final two games by a combined 46 points.
Against Texas-Permian Basin on Wednesday, the Mavericks turned a 38-27 halftime lead into a 58-31 advantage five minutes into the second half. In that run, the Mavericks got a 3-pointer by Rod Epps, two by Tommy Moffitt, a dunk by Griffin and a layup by Anthony Vereen.
It was indicative of UTA's balance in the game.
The Mavericks had 44 points in the paint, helped by Moffitt's 11 points and 17 by Vereen.
UTA shot 50 percent from the field and hit 9-of-22 shots from 3-point range.
Rog'er Guignard, coming off a 23-point performance in UTA's victory Saturday against Hardin-Simmons, chipped in 16 points and was 4-for-10 from the 3-point line.
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