MBB: Hervey Leads Mavs in Rout of Rice

Nov. 29, 2017

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kevin Hervey's 27th career double-double helped lead UTA men's basketball to a 69-49 rout of Rice, on Wednesday night at College Park Center.

UTA (6-1) cruised by Rice (2-5) to win its fourth straight game, using a first-half comeback that saw the Mavs trail by eight before getting on the scoreboard. UTA used runs of 15-0 and 7-0 in the first stanza to pull away from the Owls, taking a 14-point lead into halftime. The Mavs used their stifling defensive effort to break away further in the second half, stretching their lead to as many as 28 points.

The Mavs held Rice to just 25-percent shooting from the field and forced 15 Owls turnovers. UTA finished owning a 42-37 advantage in rebounding and a staggering 32-10 mark in points in the paint. UTA shot 40-percent from the field, connecting on eight attempts from behind the arc.

Hervey, the defending Sun Belt Conference Male Athlete of the Year, starred for the Mavs in the win over the Owls. Hervey had a season-high 29 points and 11 rebounds to earn his second double-double and the 27th of his decorated career. He now sits just two double-double shys of equaling the program career record. Hervey added three assists on 10-of-18 shooting, including five three pointers.

A product of Arlington's Bowie High School, Hervey moved into eight-place on the school's career scoring list with 1,248 points. He passed Bobby Kenyon (1998-92), Steven Barker (1999-02, Bill Washington (1996-00) and LaMarcus Reed (2009-12 ) in the win.

UTA also got a career performance from sophomore guard D.J. Bryant, who totaled a career-best with seven points. UTA also got 17 points and eight rebounds from senior center Johnny Hamilton, with Nathan Hawkins adding five points and two rebounds and senior Kaelon Wilson owning four rebounds and five assists. A game after posting the second triple-double in UTA history, senior point guard Erick Neal added five points, five rebounds and eight assists. Davion Turner finished with six rebounds.

UTA will return to action on Saturday, hosting North Texas at 7 p.m. CT at College Park Center.

The Owls came out of the gate red-hot, scoring the first eight points of the game before the Mavs started their furious run. UTA held the Owls without a point for nearly nine minutes as the Mavs ripped off 15 straight points over a six-minute period, with Hervey collecting seven during the stretch. UTA used a driving lay-in from Bryant and two points from Neal to build the lead, with Hamilton owning a pair of baskets in the paint. Rice ended its scoreless drought with a triple with 9:28 remaining, cutting UTA's lead to 15-11 heading into the under eight-minute timeout. Hervey then sparked another UTA run, answering with his second 3 pointer of the game and a pair of free throws to go up 20-11. After Hervey grabbed the defensive rebound, he found Neal who fed Hamilton for the jam and the 22-11 lead with 5:43 left in the period, forcing a Rice timeout. Hervey and Hawkins each finished triples as the Mavs took a 33-21 lead into the final media timeout with 95 seconds remaining in the stanza. The Mavs finished off the half on a 7-0 run, holding Rice scoreless for the final three minutes.

Hamilton opened the second with a dunk and after five straight points from the Owls, Hawkins connected on a lay-up and Hawkins drilled a triple to answer. Hervey's lay-in led to a 13-point UTA lead heading into the first media timeout, with the Mavs getting a basket from Harris and a pair from the charity stripe from Turner. Hervey scored five straight to stretch UTA's lead to 19, before he found Bryant with an assist to give the Mavs a 21-point lead as Rice called timeout with 10 minutes left in regulation. Bryant stretched UTA's lead to 22 with a triple and three straight points from Hamilton - including two at the free-throw line - saw the Mavs take a 26-point advantage. Hervey's triple with 4:12 left lifted UTA to its largest lead of the game, 67-39. The Owls finished the game strong, earning a 7-0 run to cut the lead under 20 in the final minutes.

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