MBB: Mavs hold on to finish road sweep at Seattle U
Feb. 16, 2013
SEATTLE, Washington – Jordan Reves nailed two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, lifting UT Arlington to a 65-63 Western Athletic Conference victory over Seattle U on Saturday night at Key Arena.
The Mavericks ran their winning streak to four in improving to 14-9 and 9-5 in conference. UT Arlington, winners of six of seven, also swept a two-game road trip against teams that beat them last month. The Mavericks won 71-68 at Idaho on Thursday.
"It's a huge win and it was a huge week for us," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "It feels awesome to have a winning streak going."
The Redhawks dropped to 7-18 and 2-13. Seattle U beat the Mavericks 61-44 on Jan. 17.
Reves finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. Brandon Edwards also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Kevin Butler led the Mavericks in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 14 points.
Butler and Karol Gruszecki drilled a 3-pointer to open the scoring for UT Arlington. Seattle U reeled off a 13-0 run to take a 19-10 lead midway through the first half, with the last nine points coming off three 3-pointers.
"We got manhandled there for a stretch in the first half," Cross said.
The Redhawks led by as many as 10 (21-11) before UT Arlington began to chip away. The Mavericks cranked up the defensive pressure and pulled with five points (31-26) at halftime.
Edwards had eight points at the break for the Mavs, who shot just 31 percent in the half. Seattle U guard Jarell Flora had 14 points off the bench on 5-7 shooting, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.
Shaquille White-Miller opened the second half with a 3-pointer, pulling the Mavericks within 31-29. Butler tied the game for the first time in the second at 34-34 with two free throws. UT Arlington took its first lead of the second half (50-49) on Greg Gainey's floater.
After a dunk from Reves for a 52-51 lead, the Mavericks held a slim lead going into the final minute. Seattle U took a 63-62 edge on a free throw with 34.3 seconds left. Reves gave UTA the lead right back with two free throws with 12.5 seconds remaining after being fouled on an offensive rebound.
"I'm always confident when the game is in my hands," Reves said.
The Redhawks missed at the other end and Butler added another free throw to close out the game.
The Mavericks return to College Park Center for two nonconference games in the upcoming week. UT Pan American visits Wednesday (7 p.m.) followed by UC Irvine on Saturday (5 p.m.) in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters.