MBB: Mavs clamp down to beat UNT 72-59

Jordan Reves had 13 rebounds Wednesday at North Texas.

Nov. 28, 2012

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DENTON, Texas – Senior forward Karol Gruszecki scored a career-high 17 points as UT Arlington knocked off North Texas 72-59 in a nonconference matchup Wednesday night at the Super Pit.

The Mavericks improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Mean Green dropped to 3-4. UT Arlington has won two straight and seven of the last nine games in this regional rivalry.

UT Arlington began to clamp down defensively midway through the first half and that continued through the rest of the game. North Texas shot 31.0 percent, including 16.1 percent in the second half. The Mavericks came into the game leading the nation in field-goal percentage defense at 31.0 percent. UNT had five field goals in the second half.

"It was unbelievable," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "Our guys played extremely hard. They were really hot in the first half, hitting everything, but we packed it in and did a good job of battling and keeping them out of the paint."

Gruszecki bested his previous best of 15 points set Nov. 16 against Oklahoma by knocking down 6 of 10 shots, with 3 of 5 connecting from downtown. Junior forward Greg Gainey scored 11 in 16 minutes off the bench. Senior center Jordan Reves, the country's fourth-leading rebounder, pulled down 13 boards and blocked two shots.  

The Mavericks pulled away after the teams started the second half tied. Gruszecki dunked on a breakaway to give UTA its biggest lead at the time of the game at 56-48 and force a Mean Green timeout with 9:09 left.

A three-point play from senior forward Kevin Butler not long after gave the Mavericks a 59-50 edge. Freshman guard Drew Charles' driving scoop with less than five minutes left made it 65-54.

Gruszecki scored the Mavericks' first five points. Reves had an early highlight for UTA with a block of preseason All-American Tony Mitchell (12 points on 3-13 shooting) under the basket at one end and a layup on the subsequent fastbreak at the other.

Cameron Catlett makes first appearance of season midway through the first half with the Mavericks down 29-21. The senior guard missed the first three games recovering from offseason surgery and finished with four points in 14 minutes.

The scoring slowed down from there, with UT Arlington tying the score 31-31 going into the locker room. The Mean Green went more than seven minutes without a basket as the Mavericks climbed back into the game. UTA had a chance to take a lead into the final 20 minutes, but White-Miller missed a layup in the final few seconds of the half.

Gruszecki had a team-high seven points for the Mavericks in the first half. Reves had eight rebounds, five points and two blocks. UTA shot 50 percent (12-14), while the Mean Green checked in at 48.1 percent (13-27). The Mavericks won the battle of the boards 18-13.

UT Arlington continues its stretch of road games with its third of four straight away Saturday at Texas. The Mavericks and Longhorns tip at 3 p.m. and the game will be televised by Longhorn Network. UTA is 3-0 on the road this season.

For more information regarding UT Arlington season tickets for the upcoming men's and women's basketball season log onto UTAMavs.com or call 817-272-6319. Men's Season tickets start as low as $66 and include all 14 home games. Women's season tickets are $49 and include all 14 home games.

UTA students don't forget to log onto your MyMav account to purchase your All-Sports Pass for $50 this gives you entry into all home UTA Athletic events. For more information call 817-272-6319.




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