Feb. 3, 2018
ARLINGTON, Texas - Davion Turner scored a career high 20 points and Johnny Hamilton notched his fifth double-double of the year on his birthday to lead UTA men's basketball to an 87-80 win over Coastal Carolina, on Saturday evening at College Park Center.
UTA (15-10, 6-6 Sun Belt Conference) won its second consecutive game of the week, outlasting Coastal Carolina (11-14, 5-7 Sun Belt) courtesy of an electric second half that saw the Mavs outscore CCU 48-41 after facing a one-point halftime deficit. The lead changed hands or was tied 15 times, with UTA building a nine-point lead, its largest of the game, in the final minute.
The Mavs finished the game with 11 triples and shot 46 percent as a team from the field, holding Coastal to 45 percent and 31 percent from behind the arc. CCU won the battle of the boards, 38-36, points in the paint (34-24) and bench points (34-25).
LEADING THE MAVS
A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Turner shattered his career high of 11 points with a 20-point outing, totaling two rebounds in a career-best 24 minutes played. Turner went 4-for-7 from the field, drilled three from behind the arc and went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.
Hamilton, a 7-foot, 230-pound graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, had 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, grabbing 13 rebounds and swatting one shot.
Point guard Erick Neal, a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, had nine points, three rebounds, four assists and five steals. Neal, a product of Lincoln High School in Dallas had a record-setting game for the Mavs. He became the first player in Sun Belt Conference history to surpass 1,300 points, 700 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals.
The Mavs return to action on Saturday, hosting Texas State at 4:15 p.m. CT at College Park Center in a game broadcast live on ESPN3.com and KEXB 620-AM with the Voice of the Mavs, Josh Sours, calling the action.
The Mavs came out hot in the first half, taking a 5-0 lead on a pair of baskets from Hamilton. A triple from Bryant and baskets from Neal and Hamilton lifted the Mavs to a 12-4 lead just six minutes into the game. CCU cut the lead to four before a thunderous dunk from Hervey took the Mavs into the under 12-minute media timeout with a 16-10 lead. The Chants then went on a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game and force a Maverick timeout with 10:22 left. Mairega Clark drilled a triple and CCU answered with a three of its own before Davion Turner hit a pair from the free-throw stripe to give the Mavs a 21-10 lead. After the Chants took a three-point lead, Turner splashed a triple and Hamilton hit two from the charity stripe as the Mavs took a 28-27 lead. The teams traded baskets to take the game and Hamilton sank a one-handed jumper in the lane to cut the CCU halftime lead to 39-38.
Neal hit a triple to get the Mavs out of the break, with Hamilton giving UTA a 43-39 lead. Bryant's second 3-pointer of the game put the Mavs up 47-43 with Hervey connecting from behind the arc to give the Mavs a 50-46 advantage. The Mavs used a layup and free throw from Hawkins to take a 53-48 lead with 14 minutes left. Baskets from Turner and Hamilton, free throws from Julian Harris and a triple from Neal saw the Mavs take a 62-55 lead with 11 minutes remaining in regulation. CCU mounted a fierce rally to cut the lead to one with 8:56 left before Hervey drilled a three pointer to stretch it to a two-possession game. Turner then sank a triple as the Mavs stretched their lead to 80-72 with 4:23 remaining. UTA began to pull away for good in the final minutes with a triple from Hawkins putting UTA up by nine with under a minute.
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