Feb. 8, 2012
Huntsville, Texas - UT Arlington extended its winning streak to a 14 with Wednesday night's Southland Conference 75-63 victory over Sam Houston at Johnson Coliseum.
The SLC-leading Mavericks improved 18-5 overall and 10-0 in league play, and clinched a spot in the conference tournament next month in Katy. The 14-game unbeaten run is an all-time school record and the third-longest current streak in the country.
"I'm so proud of these guys," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We have high-character guys who play their butts off every single night. We have great leadership.
"Down the stretch guys hit big shots. We got stops. It was a great team effort."
The Mavericks are playing with a target on their backs thanks to their win streak and status as the Southland Conference leaders. It's a welcome position, even if it means foes taking their best shots every night.
The Bearkats (9-15, 3-7) closed a nine-point halftime deficit to two (40-38) early in the second half before UTA surged ahead. Bo Ingram drained a pair of long 3-pointers to get UTA's lead back up to 50-42.
The Mavericks' advantage hovered between 8-12 points for much of the second half. A pair of shots in close by Jordan Reves in the final four minutes - his only two baskets of the game - pretty much sealed it for UTA.
UTA jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead behind 3-pointers from Shaquille White-Miller and Reed. The Bearkats battled their way back to tie the game at 10-all.
The game remained knotted at 17-17 with about eight minutes left in the first half before the Mavericks began to pull away. UTA jumped out to a double-digit lead and went into halftime up 37-28.
Ingram and Reed both had nine points in the first half to lead the Mavericks. Catlett added six points, with White-Miller piling up five assists.
UTA claimed both meetings against the Bearkats this season, winning 66-40 last month in Arlington.
The Mavericks return to College Park Center for Homecoming with Saturday's 7 p.m. SLC tipoff against Texas State.
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