Jan. 17, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - Needing a league victory to get its season turned back around, the UT Arlington men's basketball turned to its seniors Thursday night at Texas Hall.
Sparked by the shooting of guard Rod Epps and the inside play of forward Larry Posey and center Jermaine Griffin, the Mavericks led from start-finish and captured a 69-60 victory against Nicholls State in a Southland Conference game at Texas Hall.
Epps finished with a team-high 19 points on 5-for-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers.
Griffin and Posey combined for 17 points and 17 rebounds.
UTA (11-4, 1-2 in the SLC) not only earned its first league victory, the Mavericks extended their school-record home-court win streak to 15 games. UTA held the Colonels (6-12, 1-2) to 34.5 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 shooting from the 3-point line.
Nicholls State entered the game as one of the best shooting teams in the SLC.
"We played hard on both ends of the floor," UTA coach Scott Cross said. "I was proud of the way we took the lead and never really let them get back in it. We looked pretty good at times, and we got good effort from a lot of different guys. It was just what we needed to get our confidence back and get a good win in from the home crowd."
UTA jumped to an 11-2 lead with 14:31 left in the first half on the strength of an Epps 3-pointer and four points by Posey. Each time the Colonels crawled within four, the Mavs held off the charge.
A spurt just before halftime gave UTA a 32-18 lead.
In the second half, Nicholls got no closer than seven.
UTA was 22-for-46 (47.8 percent) from the field and 7-for-18 from the 3-point line. The Mavericks beat Nicholls State, 36-16, on the boards.
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