Jan. 24, 2013
LOGAN, Utah – UT Arlington snapped a two-game Western Athletic Conference losing streak by holding off Utah State 74-68 Thursday night at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
"It's a great feeling especially after last week," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross. "To come in here and get a win against a really good team is huge."
Karol Gruszecki scored 14 to lead five players in double figures for the Mavericks, who improved to 9-8 overall and 4-4 in the WAC. The Aggies have dropped three in a row to fall to 14-4 and 5-3.
UT Arlington looks for its second perfect WAC road trip of the season Saturday night at San Jose State. The Mavericks, 7-2 away from home, swept a two-game trip at UTSA and Texas State earlier this month.
Cameron Catlett and Brandon Edwards each scored 13, with Shaquille White-Miller adding 11 and Greg Gainey chipping in 10. UT Arlington shot 48 percent in the second half and knocked down 24 of 35 free throws for the game.
Cross debuted a new starting lineup, going essentially with three point guards in Catlett, White-Miller and Drew Charles. Edwards and Gainey were also in the first unit. Gainey was making his first career start, with Charles getting the first-team nod for just the second time. White-Miller had started six games, but the last came on Dec. 3.
The new unit made up for its lack of size with speed and energy. The Mavericks were active both ends of the court, as Catlett scored a pair of early baskets and UT Arlington led 8-7.
The Mavericks heated up midway through the half, with Gruszecki getting the hot hand. The senior swingman knocked down three 3-pointers as UT Arlington turned a 16-10 deficit into a 25-18 lead.
The Aggies battled back to tie the game 26-26 with four minutes left in the half. The teams went into the locker room knotted at 33-all. Gruszecki had 12 points at the break, all coming on 3-pointers, as the Mavericks shot 34.4 percent. Utah State was led by 11 points from Spencer Butterfield.
The Mavericks regained the lead to start the second half on White-Miller's 3-pointer and held it. UT Arlington opened up a 58-50 advantage with 7:30 left on Edwards' rebound put-back. Edwards' 3-point play not long after pushed the lead back to eight (61-53).
Kevin Butler scored all six of points late in the second half, and the Mavericks were able to hold off the Aggies at the free-throw line in the final minute. UT Arlington and Utah State meet again March 2 at College Park Center.
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