Feb. 4, 2012
Conway, Ark. - There are often times during a long season where a coach will look toward a senior to help his team win.
Saturday was no different for Scott Cross and his UT Arlington Mavericks rode the back of senior LaMarcus Reed as he scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead UTA to a 69-61 victory over Central Arkansas.
"LaMarcus really stepped up big for us today," Cross said. "He has been huge for us all year but helped get it done for us this afternoon."
The win extended the Mavericks (17-5, 9-0 Southland) school-record winning streak to 13 games.
UT Arlington jumped out to a large early advantage as they opened the game on a 16-0 run before leading by five at the half at 33-28.
Central Arkansas (7-14, 2-7) erased that deficit in the second half as a basket by Robert Crawford tied the game at 50 with 9:36 to play. UT Arlington answered with a 5-0 run but the game was then tied at 55 and again at 57 with 6:24 to play.
The Mavericks then went on an 8-0 run over the next five minutes to help the seal the victory. UT Arlington also turned nine UCA second half turnovers into 11 points.
Ryan Williams came off the bench to lead the Bears with 14 points while Julia Mason added 12.
UT Arlington held a decided advantage in points in the paint with a 37-16 margin. The Mavericks also shot 73% from the foul line and outrebounded the Bears 45-39.
The Mavericks shot only 32% in the first half but increased that to 42% in the second half to help them keep their winning streak alive.
UTA next plays Wednesday at Sam Houston State.
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