Nov. 12, 2013
UT Arlington (1-1) vs. Howard Payne (0-0)
Wednesday | 7:30 p.m. CT
College Park Center (Arlington, TX)
ARLINGTON, Texas – Reger Dowell scored 24 and Brandon Edwards corralled a career-high 17 rebounds, as UT Arlington downed Samford 88-75 Tuesday night in the home opener before 1,239 fans at College Park Center.
The Mavericks evened their record at 1-1 and got a busy week off on the right foot. UT Arlington is back at it Wednesday night (7:30 p.m.) against Howard Payne and Cleveland State visits College Park Center on Friday in the Homecoming Game.
Dowell shot 8 of 17 from the floor in hitting the 20-point mark for the second time in two games this season. The senior guard, in his first season at UTA after transferring from Oklahoma State, scored 20 in the season-opening loss at Boise State.
Edwards, a senior forward, surpassed his previous career high of 13 rebounds, while scoring 18. Junior guard Jamel Outler scored 14, knocking down two 3-pointers. Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan added 14 points.
The Mavericks shot 55 percent in the second half and finished at 50 percent for the game. UT Arlington won the rebound battle 42-35.
"I came out with the mindset that I was going to get every rebound," Edwards said. "I am trying to average at least 10. I had to go out there and get every rebound that I could and not let anyone block me out."
The Mavericks controlled the tempo and the boards in the first half. UT Arlington took control early, running out to a 10-point lead in the first seven minutes.
"We said right when the game started we need to step on their neck early," Dowell said. "We try to come out every game and come out with a lot of energy and force the issue."
The lead stretched as high as 12 (36-24) on Dowell free throws with 4:55 left in the half. The Mavericks went into the break leading 41-34 on 45-percent shooting, while enjoying a 24-17advantage on the boards. Samford was held to 31-percent shooting over the first 20 minutes.
Four different Mavericks scored at least seven points in the first half, with Outler netting a team-high 10. Edwards scored nine and grabbed 11 by intermission.
The Bulldogs opened the second half with a 6-2 run, cutting UT Arlington's lead to 43-40 and forcing a timeout from Cross.
The Mavericks responded and pushed their lead back to 11 (60-48) on Edwards' dunk off a lob from Shaquille White-Miller. Samford called timeout, but momentum remained on UT Arlington's side.
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