Men's hoops win second consecutive game in overtime
Feb. 19, 2011
Hammond, La. - For the second time in four days, the game UT Arlington men's basketball game came down to the wire.
And for the second time in four days, the Mavericks came away with a victory.
"I just did what I do best and that is go after the ball and rebound," Edwards said. "I was in the right place at the right time. I just tried to play with energy today and it paid off for us."
Following that basket a late tip-in only attempt from Southeastern Louisiana failed and the Mavs won their second consecutive game for only the second time this conference season.
It appeared UT Arlington (13-12, 7-5 Southland) had won the game in regulation when Cameron Catlett hit a running jumper as time expired.
After a long conference by the officials who had to use the instant reply system, they deemed the shot did not beat the shot clock, which was almost identical to the game clock, and the ball went back to Southeastern with two seconds to play.
The Lions then attempted a 60-foot shot that missed and the game went to overtime.
In the extra period, Southeastern (12-12, 6-6 Southland) took the lead at 66-64 on a Jason Marks layup with 2:12 to play.
Bo Ingram then made two free throws a minute later to tie the game before Edwards' heroics at the end.
"We played like a veteran team today," Cross said. "Playing in a close game the other night probably helped us win this game. We just kept playing hard and getting after it on the boards and we played great defense."
The Mavericks defense did not look good at the beginning of the game as SLU jumped out to a 27-14 lead with just under six minutes to go in the first half.
From that point UTA made it difficult for the Lions to get quality shots as they finished the first half missing 10 of their last 11 shots. SLU finished the game shooting only 32.3%.
The defense also held Southeastern's Trent Hutchin to only three points. The senior came into the game averaging almost 17 points per game and was is one fo the top three-point shooters in the nation.
"We played a matchup zone and didn't want to get started," Cross said. "Our guys did a fantastic job on him today."
After falling behind by 13, the Mavericks went on a 30-8 run which included a Bo Ingram 3-pointer at the end of the half to tie the game at 30.
That run put the Mavericks up 44-35 early in the second half but was answered with a 12-0 run by SLU.
"It was a game of runs," Cross said. "But we had a feeling we would be able to stay in the game even after they took the lead."
The game then became a back-and-forth affair as in the second half and overtime there were 13 lead changes and the game was tied eight times.
Ingram led the Mavericks with 13 points while LaMarcus Reed added 12 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and four assists. Catlett added 12 points.
"I can't say enough about LaMarcus' performance today," Cross said. "He played well all day."
David Ndoumba led three Southeastern players with 18 points as Gary Dixon had 14 and Brandon Fortenberry had 11. Marks led SLU with seven rebounds.
The Mavericks outrebounded SLU 48-29 but the Lions kept in the game by converting 22 UT Arlington turnovers into 25 points.
UTA helped itself by shooting 57% in the second half as they finished the game shooting 47.9% (23-of-48). Almost half of Southeastern's shots were three-pointers (30-of-62) of which they made only eight of those.
The Mavericks now sit just one game out of first place after Texas State lost to Stephen F. Austin Saturday. UTA plays McNeese State Wednesday at Texas Hall. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.