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MBB: 78-64 win leaves UTA one shy of perfect league mark

Jordan Reves had nine points and 13 boards in the win.
Jordan Reves had nine points and 13 boards in the win.

Feb. 29, 2012

Final Stats

ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington Mavericks (23-6, 15-0 SLC) closed out their home season with a workmanlike 78-64 triumph over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (5-24, 3-12) Wednesday evening at the College Park Center.

The victory moved the Mavericks one win away from a perfect Southland Conference season and capped UTA's school-best home record at 12-1. The Mavericks have now won 19 of their past 20 games overall.

The first stanza was tightly contested, as it featured seven ties and eight lead changes. A putback off the glass by Bradley Gay gave the Mavericks a 38-32 lead, their biggest advantage of the half, at intermission.

UTA opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half, but a quick 11-0 burst by the Islanders knotted the score at 43. The Mavericks responded, however, ultimately regaining a double-digit advantage.

TAMUCC got as close as four, 65-61, with 4:38 left, before UTA pulled away courtesy of a 7-0 run.

LaMarcus Reed led a well-balanced attack with 18 points. Kevin Butler added 16, while Bo Ingram chipped in 14. Jordan Reves narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

"I didn't want to look back at my last home game and remember a loss," Reed said. "The main thing is that we got the win."



UTA dominated the paint, outscoring the Islanders 46-18. In addition, UT Arlington had a 9-rebound advantage (37-28).

The Mavericks shot nearly 50 percent from the floor (29-for-60), despite making just 4 of 18 from 3-point range.

It marked the final home game for Reed, Ingram and Gay, who have helped UTA increase its school-record win total to 23.

The Mavericks will look to complete their perfect league slate Saturday at UTSA. Game time is set for 6 p.m.