Men's hoops defeats UTPA, 92-60
Nov. 28, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kevin Butler scored a career-high 21 points, propelling UT Arlington to a 92-60 victory over UT Pan American Monday night at Texas Hall.
UT Arlington (4-2) used a 23-3 first-half run to pull away by halftime. The Mavericks coasted to a blowout win in the second half, leading by as much as 37 and never allowing the Broncs closer than 13 in the second half.
"With the bad taste we had in our mouths after this weekend, this could have gone one of two ways," UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross said. "I am glad to see us go back in a positive direction. I thought we played very similarly to the way we played in North Texas.
"We played very well on defense. We got about 15 stops in a row at one point in the game. I am really happy these guys are taking so much pride in their defense."
Pressure defense and strong transition play allowed the Mavericks to reclaim momentum and stake themselves to a 48-30 halftime lead.
The end-of-half spurt to close the half erased any frustration created by UT Arlington allowing UT Pan American to bounce off the mat to tie the game at 25 after trailing 11-2 to start the game.
Butler did his damage on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including making 2 of 4 3-pointers. He also grabbed five offensive rebounds and tallied five steals.
"The two-game losing streak we were on really did not sit well with me," Butler said. "Saturday was a really tough loss. I really did not want to lose that one."
Jordan Reves added eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Every Maverick who played scored at least two points.
Butler also played a big role in both UT Arlington first-half runs. He scored 11 points, including the first seven in the game, while also corralling four offensive rebounds.
"Kevin was awesome," Cross said. "He started off with two offensive rebounds and gave us some put-backs. He set the tone for us and got us going. He scored on the block, he got offensive rebounds, he hit outside jump shots. He just had a great overall game."
Redmon gave the Mavericks eight first-half points.
Ruben Cabrera and Aaron Urbanus led UT Pan American (2-6) with 14 points each.
UT Arlington now hits the road for the entire month of December, covering a six-game stretch. The Mavericks play again next week when they travel to Austin to play Texas on Dec. 6. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.