Feb. 29, 2012
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.
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