Feb. 11, 2012
Arlington, Texas - Another tip and another victory for UT Arlington.
The Mavericks' school-record winning streak is up to 15 after running past Texas State 73-53 Saturday night before 5,272 fans at College Park Center. UTA is one victory shy of 20 wins at 19-5 and continues to lead the Southland Conference with a perfect 11-0 mark.
The unbeaten run is the second-longest currently in the country, trailing only Kentucky's 17-game winning streak.
The Mavericks are also on the verge of only the second 20-win season in the program's history. UT Arlington coach Scott Cross led his alma mater to a 21-12 campaign in 2007-08. The Mavericks also happened to make UTA's lone NCAA Tournament that season.
"Our goal isn't to win 15 straight," UTA senior forward LaMarcus Reed said. "It's to win a championship."
Reed paced the Mavericks with 18 points, with Kevin Butler adding another 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bo Ingram chipped in with 13 points and Jordan Reves grabbed 10 rebounds. Point guards Shaquille White-Miller and Cameron Catlett combined for eight assists.
UTA was able to shoot 47 percent as a team and hold the Bobcats to 29 percent. That helped offset 23 turnovers by the Mavericks.
"That's the thing about this team, if we're sliding in one area we pick it up in others," Cross said. "It was a great victory."
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Ingram late in the first half pushed the UTA advantage to 24-14. The Mavericks had as much as a 14-point lead in the opening 20 minutes (32-18) and went into the locker room up 35-25.
Ingram and Reed each had eight points in the first half, but it was Butler stealing the show. "Big Cat" was a beast inside with 12 points and seven rebounds at the break.
"I was ready for this game," Butler said. "Texas State is one of the big games for us in conference."
UTA shoots for 16 in a row with Wednesday night's visit to Stephen F. Austin.
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