Nov. 26, 2007
Monday was a day of firsts for the UT Arlington Mavericks.
UT Arlington recorded their first national ranking in any poll, cracking the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll. With Monday's 99-66 win over Schreiner, the Mavs have started the season 5-0 for the first time in program history.
"(Being ranked) is a huge stepping stone for our program," said UTA Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Cross. "We will use the ranking as motivation to see how high we can get up the poll. Out goal is to do things never done before at UTA. These accomplishments show me we are heading the program in the right direction."
Five Mavs scored in double figures with Jermaine Griffin and Rog'er Guignard scoring 16 points each. Larry Posey had a season-high 14 and Anthony Vereen and Brandon Long chipped in 13 each. All 11 players suited up scored for the Mavs.
"We will need all 11 of our guys at some point during the conference season," said Cross. "It is good to have a game where we can get those guys some playing time and give them a chance to improve themselves."
UT Arlington made 11 of their first 13 field goal attempts to begin the game and build a double-digit lead in first five minutes. A Posey lay up after a steal made it 35-24 with 7:56 left in the first half. The lead swelled to 20, 48-28, after a Griffin lay in with 2:46 left. By halftime, three players had double figures (Griffin, Posey and Guignard) and Long had eight points as the Mavs led 57-36.
UTA scored the first eight points of the second half to lead 65-36 after a Griffin lay up two minutes into the half. The Mavs held Schreiner to seven points in the first 12 minutes of the half and led 87-43 after two Vereen free throws with 8:35 to play.
GAME NOTES: UT Arlington has won 12 of the last 14 regular-season games dating back to the 2006-07 season... The 67.6 percent field-goal shooting is fourth best all-time at UTA... Cross became the only coach in UT Arlington history with a winning record (18-17) after the victory.
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