MBB: Mavs smother San Jose State 66-47
Jan. 26, 2013
SAN JOSE, California – UT Arlington completed another perfect Western Athletic Conference road trip by overwhelming San Jose State 66-47 Saturday night at The Event Center.
The Mavericks (10-8) completed the first half of the conference season at 5-4, which includes a 4-0 mark away from home. UT Arlington opened the just-completed trip with Thursday's 74-68 win at Utah State. The Spartans dropped to 9-11 and 3-6.
Junior forward Greg Gainey scored a career-high 17 points in his second career start at UTA, while senior forward Kevin Butler added 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Junior guard Shaquille White-Senior scored 12 and senior center Jordan Reves tied his season high with six blocks.
UT Arlington was solid offensively, but defense was the story. Made baskets were hard to come by for San Jose State, which shot 16.7 percent in the first half and only 21.9 percent for the game. The Spartans missed 21 of 25 of their 3-point attempts.
"We won it with our defense," UT Arlington Scott Cross said. "We rebounded well and did a better job on the boards as the game went on. We were getting stops."
The Mavericks were dominant at both ends in the first half, racing out to a 38-19 lead at the break with 23 points coming from the bench. Butler had 11 and knocked down three 3-pointers, including back-to-back treys for UTA's first double-digit lead (23-13) with seven minutes left in the half.
Another 3-pointer from Butler pushed the advantage to 20 (37-17) late in the half. Outler added seven points on two layups and a 3-pointer, with White-Miller adding five points going into halftime.
After falling behind by 21, the Spartans made a run to close to gap to 10 (45-35) with 12 minutes left in the game. Cross called a timeout to settle his team, which responded with a 15-0 run to push the lead to 25.
The Mavericks are 8-2 on the road this season. UT Arlington swept its previous league road trip at UTSA and Texas State eariler this month.
The Mavericks are off for a week before resuming WAC play Feb. 2 at conference leader Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs beat UT Arlington 55-52 at College Park Center on Jan. 5.