MBB: Hervey's Career Night Leads Mavs Past Cats

Feb. 10, 2018

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kevin Hervey set the UTA career record for rebounds and contributed a season-high 33 points to help lead the Mavericks to a 70-68 overtime win over Texas State, on Saturday night at College Park Center.

UTA (16-10, 7-6 Sun Belt) earned the hard-fought win over Teas State (14-12, 7-6 Sun Belt) to pull even with the Bobcats in the standings. After trailing by three points at halftime, the Mavs rallied to force overtime, emerging from a defensive struggle in extra time with the win.

A product of Arlington's Bowie High School, Hervey grabbed eight rebounds and had 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including four triples. Hervey's eight boards move him into sole possession of first place in UTA career history, passing Mack Callier (1999-03).

UTA also got 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists from senior Erick Neal. The Mavs saw senior center Johnny Hamilton had nine points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Nathan Hawkins had five points and four rebounds, with Julian Harris charting six boards.

The Mavs return to action on Thursday, traveling to face ULM at 7 p.m. CT in Monroe, La.

Hamilton opened the scoring for the Mavs but Texas State ripped off five straight points to take an early lead, before Hervey sank a jumper to get the Mavs going from the field. After the Bobcats took a five-point lead, Hervey sank a triple to cut the lead to 10-8 at the under 16-minute timeout. The Cats doubled up the Mavs with two straight triples but Hervey and Neal collected buckets to cut the lead to 16-12. Neal's first triple was answered on the other end by Texas State with a quick 5-0 run to take a 24-15 lead. The Mavs answered with back-to-back threes from Hervey to cut the lead to 24-21 with 10:24 left. After a Neal basket in the paint, D.J. Bryant drilled a three to cut the lead to 29-26. Four quick points from the Mavs saw the lead stretched to 33-28 before Neal got two back with a basket at the rim in transition. The arena came to life after a missed triple from the top of the key from Neal and a monster one-handed follow dunk from Hamilton, forcing a Texas State timeout with the Cats leading 33-32 with 42.1 left in the first stanza. TXST sank a pair from the charity stripe to take a 35-32 lead into the break.

The Bobcats opened the scoring in the second with a pair of free throws before Hamilton finished a dunk to get the Mavs on the board. Hamilton answered a Texas State layup with a jumper and after a Bobcat three, Hamilton hit a pair from the charity stripe to cut the lead to 44-39. Neal's tip in, free throws from Hervey and a basket from Nathan Hawkins cut the lead to one before Hervey sank a couple from the charity stripe to even it at 47 with 14:10 left. Back-to-back triples from the Bobcats took the UTA deficit to 53-47. A Hawkins layup cut the lead to four and Hervey cut it to 55-53 with 7:56 left.

Hervey gave UTA its first lead of the half with a four-point play, splashing a triple and sinking the free throw for a 57-55 lead with 6:52 left. The Bobcats answered with four straight to regain the lead at 59-57. Hervey and Neal answered the Texas State baskets to even it at 59 and 61 in the closing four minutes. Hervey's basket with 3:16 gave UTA a 63-61 lead. The UTA defense then forced a miss, with Julian Harris soaring to grab the rebound and force a foul. Harris hit the last of two attempts to give UTA a 64-61 lead with 2:29 left. The Bobcats got the three back from behind the arc to even it at 64 with under two minutes left. After allowing a pair of free throws, Hervey took it to the rim for a basket and a 66-66 tie as the clock hit 60 seconds. The Bobcats had a chance after inbounding the ball with less than a second remaining in regulation but missed an easy layup for a chance to escape with the win.

Neal opened the scoring in overtime but a nifty drive to the basket from the Bobcats evened it at 68. After a great run-out pass from Davion Turner, Hervey was fouled in transition with 1:08 left. Hervey hit both to give the Mavs a 70-68 advantage. UTA got the big defensive stop and Hawkins skied to grab the board with UTA taking a timeout with a seven-second differential on the shot clock with 24.4 left. The Mavs missed the shot but forced a missed shot on the final possession of the game from the Bobcats to escape with the win.

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