MBB: Mavs blast UTPA 63-48 at CPC
Feb. 20, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas – A 17-2 run to start the game helped send UT Arlington to its fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday night, as the Mavericks overpowered UT Pan American 63-48 in a nonconference matchup at College Park Center.
UT Arlington improved to 15-9 after the first game of a four-game homestand. Up next for the Mavericks is their last nonconference outing of the regular season Saturday against UC Irvine at 5 p.m.
The Broncs (13-15) were swept in a home-and-home with UTA this season, also losing 60-51 on Dec. 3.
"It was a good all around win for us," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "I think we got up big in the first half and our intensity dropped in the second half. But all around a win is a win and we'll take it."
Jordan Reves paced the Mavericks with his second double-double in as many games. The senior center scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while blocking three shots. Brandon Edwards added 11 points and 10 boards. Kevin Butler also scored 11. Jamel Outler scored eight off the bench and had three steals.
The Mavericks opened the game with Kevin Butler knocking down two 3-pointers. UT Arlington also had an 11-0 run in the early going as part of the 17-2 lead.
UTA’s defense, which entered the game ranked fourth in Division I for field-goal defense at 36.7 percent, held UTPA scoreless for five-minute stretches during the opening run and then again late in the half. The Broncs shot just 30 percent in the opening half on 6-20 shooting, including just 2-11 from 3-point territory.
UTPA shot just 37.8 percent for the game. The Mavericks won the rebound category 42-22.
"We accomplished holding them under 40 percent and outrebounded them by 20," Cross said. "In the second half they shot a higher percentage, but a lot of them were layups where we didn't get back in transition."
The Mavericks went into halftime up 39-19, which tied a season low for first-half points for a UT Arlington opponent. The Mavericks also allowed 19 points in the first half against San Jose State on Jan. 29.
UT Arlington's non-league game Saturday with UC Irvine (15-13) as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters series. Fans take note of the early 5 p.m. tip from College Park Center.