MBB: UTA 85, Akron 69 - Postgame Notes
March 20, 2017
Akron (27-9) 69 at UTA (27-8) 85
Akron (27-9) 69 at UTA (27-8) 85
Monday, March 20, 2017
College Park Center Arlington, Texas
- UTA improved to 27-8 on the season and advances to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) quarterfinals Wednesday night against CSU Bakersfield, which defeated Colorado State Monday night in Fort Collins, Colo. The game will take place on Wednesday (March 22) at 8 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised live on ESPNU. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. via UTATickets.com, by calling (817) 272-9595 or visiting the College Park Center Box Office.
- Akron concludes its season with a 27-9 overall record.
- For the 3rd time this season, UTA's starting lineup consisted of forwards Jorge Bilbao and Kevin Hervey and guards Kaelon Wilson, Drew Charles and Erick Neal.
- Akron's starting lineup consisted of center Isaiah Johnson, forward Kwan Cheatham, Jr., and guards Jimond Ivey, Noah Robotham and Aaron Jackson.
- Nathan Hawkins was UTA's first substitute off the bench, entering the game at the 15:10 mark of the first half.
- Six UTA players scored in double figures against Akron, equaling the most for a single game for the Mavericks this season. Six players also reached double figures in the team's New Year's Eve Sun Belt opener against Coastal Carolina in College Park Center.
- Senior forward Jorge Bilbao moved into a tie for first place on the UTA list for career appearances sole possession of fifth with 123.
- With his 13 point effort, Junior forward Kevin Hervey has scored in double-figures in 28-straight appearances (He missed the Troy game at Trojan Arena on Jan. 14) and 31 times this season.
- Hervey scored 13 points against Akron, giving him 1,092 points in his career for 16th on the UTA career scoring list. He surpassed Brian Myers is 16th with 1,084 points from 1992-96).
- Hervey's 13 point effort against Akron gives him 582 points on the season, the 5th highest single season total in program history. He surpassed Bobby Kenyon (1990-91) against the Zips.
- Junior guard Kaelon Wilson scored 18 points against Akron, giving him 38 in the last two games. That is his highest cumulative 2-game total this season and the sixth he scored double figures in consecutive games.
- Junior guard Erick Neal handed out 9 assists against Akron, giving him 232 on the season to set a program record for most assists in a single season. He surpassed previous record holder Glover Cody (229, 1990-91).
- Neal attempted 7 3-point field goals against Akron, giving him 169 in his career. He surpassed Steven Barber (163, 1999-02) and Brady Dawkins (166, 2002-06) for 7th on the program list for attempts .
- Senior Drew Charles connected on 3 3-point field goals against Akron. He now has 172 in his career and surpassed Anthony Durham (170, 1993-98) for 5th on the career list for made 3-point field goals.
- Hervey registered 7 rebounds against Akron, moving him into 10th on the program's list for career rebounds with 631. He surpassed Mike Nau, who grabbed 628 rebounds 1964-67.
- UTA moved to 3-5 in postseason games and 2-2 all-time in the NIT. The Mavericks' two NIT victories is the most in program history for a single postseason tournament run.
- With the NIT home win over Akron, UTA moved to 14-0 in College Park Center this season and extended its home win streak to 16-straight dating back to a loss to ULM on Feb. 20, 2016.
- The win over Akron also extended UTA's home win streak over non-conference competition to 13-straight. The last non-league home loss for UTA was a setback against Buffalo in the 2014-15 home opener..
- The announced attendance of 5,390 for the Akron at UTA game marked the fourth highest for a Mavericks men's basketball game in College Park Center. The record remains the 6,421 fans who attended the Nov. 16, 2012 homecoming game against the University of Oklahoma. The facility's opener, a Feb. 1, 2012 game against UTSA, drew 6,228 and the Dec. 3, 2015 contest against North Texas drew 6,107.
- Senior guard Jalen Jones entered the game with 1:58 left to receive a senior ovation from the College Park Center crowd. The Cedar Hill native suffered a hand injury in the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals against Coastal Carolina and was ruled out for the rest of the postseason.
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