MBB: Hamilton's monster game propels UTA to victory

Nov. 24, 2017

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LEWISTON, N.Y. -- The UT Arlington men's basketball team received a monster performance from center Johnny Hamilton Saturday night that helped the Mavericks roll to an 89-65 victory over Western Carolina in Niagara University's Gallagher Center.

Hamilton, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, scored 30 points to go with 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead UTA to its third win in four games. Senior Nathan Hawkins and junior Davion Turner added 11 points apiece, while sophomore Scott Muirhead provide a spark off the bench with a career-high 9 points.

UTA went on to shoot 55 percent from the field and outrebounded WCU by a 46-27 margin, by far its highest margin of the season. The Mavericks also went 17-for-21 from the free throw line for a season-best 81 percent. UTA's nine blocked shots was the most-ever for a Maverick team against a Division I opponent.

The Mavericks face the host Purple Eagles Saturday at 6 p.m. (CST), while WCU plays Alabama A&M in the first game of the doubleheader. UTA broadcaster Josh Sours will provide an audio description of the game for KESB 620 AM and TuneIn.com, while live statistics and a subscription video stream will also be available online. Click here for live links.

UTA, which never trailed in the game, sprinted out to an early lead but a hot-shooting first half by the Catamounts prevented the Mavericks from pulling away. WCU made 9 of its 20 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes and was led by freshman Matt Halvorsen's 13 points.



After the Catamounts went on a run early in the second period to close their deficit to just a single point, UTA head coach Scott Cross substituted the entire lineup on the floor at the time.

That sparked a 10-2 Mavericks scoring run that included a pair of 3-point field goals by Muirhead. WCU could only manage to come within four points midway through the second half before UTA consistently stretched its lead over the final 10 minutes.

Hamilton, a native of Rio Claro, Trinidad, scored 21 points over a 7 minute span late in the game and the Mavericks scored 19-straight points in a run that decided the outcome.

The Mavericks return home Monday, Nov. 27 for the first of three straight games at College Park Center with a 7 p.m. contest against UT Dallas. Tickets are on sale online at UTATickets.com, via phone at (817) 272-9595 or at the UTA Box Office during weekday business hours. Call ahead to determine box office hours. Use promo code CYBER on UTATickets.com to receive a ticket to the UT Dallas game for just $2.

Full season and single game tickets to attend UTA men and women's basketball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online through UTATickets.com.  Season tickets are available for as low as $99 for all 30 men and women's games, which comes out to $3.30 per game.  Single game tickets are priced at $8, $12 and $25 per game, depending on seat location.  UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 for a single game or at a reduced rate for season tickets.  Discount Maverick Club (season) and general public (single game) parking is also available.  Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.

For up-to-date news, photos, videos and updates you can follow UTA sports program online at UTAMavs.com or via any of several social media accounts on twitter @UTAMavs, Instagram @UTAMavs, Snapchat @UTAMavs and Facebook at UTArlingtonAthletics. Follow the UTA basketball programs on Twitter at @UTA_MBB and @LadyMavHoops.


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