MBB: Mavs rally falls short on Homecoming
Nov. 15, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington struggled from the floor for the first time this season, falling 83-73 to Cleveland State on Friday night at College Park Center.
The Mavericks (2-2) came into the game averaging 95.3 points and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Against the Vikings, the UT Arlington shot a season-low 33 percent and failed to score at least 87 for the first time in four games.
The Mavericks rallied in the second half, cutting a 19-point deficit to six (71-65) with 2:30 left. UT Arlington, however, could never get over the hump in dropping its first home game this season.
"We have to be better defensively," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "That's where we ended up losing the game. This group is going to find a way to battle through it."
The Mavericks needed two minutes to get on the board and were down 8-3 early. Outler gave UT Arlington its first lead (10-8) on a 3-pointer out of the corner.
The Vikings (2-1) responded with a 19-4 run to pull ahead 27-14 midway through the first half. The Mavericks called three timeouts during the run hoping to reverse momentum.
Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan (18 points) responded with two driving layups in transition and a reverse, giving UTA a spark. Cleveland State, though, had another spurt and went into the half up 43-28.
The Mavericks were shooting just 31.0 percent at the break. Edwards had 13 points and five rebounds in the half, with McClanahan adding 10 points.
The Vikings shot 46.4 percent, including 50 percent (7 of 14) from beyond the 3-point arc. Charlie Lee had 15 of his 22 points by halftime.
UT Arlington opened the second half with a three-guard look in an effort to push tempo. The Mavericks got hot and closed the gap to 56-49 on Dowell's 3-pointer.
The crowd of 4,824 for Homecoming was the fifth largest for a basketball game in UT Arlington and CPC history.
The road toughens up considerably for the Mavericks with a trip to No. 1 Kentucky on tap Tuesday night.