UT Arlington Remains Undefeated,
Edges Out Wichita State 60-59
Dec. 7, 2007
WICHITA, Kan. - Brandon Long hit a runner in the lane with 6.3 seconds remaining to give UT Arlington a 60-59 victory over Wichita State Friday night.
Wichita State's Gal Mekel's lost control of the ball while driving to the basket as the buzzer sounded, giving the Mavericks (8-0) the win.
"This was, I believe, our biggest win as a program," said UT Arlington Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Cross. "Wichita State is traditionally a top-50 program in a top-five conference. We have come in here before and come close, but this is the toughest place we come to play with their crowd."
P.J. Couisnard scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half for Wichita State (5-3). After UT Arlington led for 11 minutes, Couisnard scored five straight points to give the Shockers a 53-52 lead with 5:31 to play.
Guignard hit a 3-pointer - one of his five in the game - about two minutes later, making it 55-54 Mavericks. After Wichita State scored five straight, Anthony Vereen's three-point play cut the Shockers' lead to 59-58 with 1:25 remaining.
Wichita State then missed a 3-pointer and had a turnover to set up Long's big shot. The Shockers hit only 4 of 29 3-point shots in the game.
UT Arlington entered the game as one of 18 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The Mavericks had not played in front of a crowd of more than 2,122 before Friday night, but they weren't rattled by the sell-out crowd of 10,478.
UT Arlington made seven of its first 11 shots, including three 3-pointers from Guignard, to lead 18-13 after the game's first 10 minutes. After Wichita State went on a 17-4 run, led by J.T. Durley's six points, UT Arlington drew two fouls on WSU point guard Matt Braeuer. With Braeuer out of the game, UT Arlington used a trapping half-court defense to baffle the Shockers, keeping them scoreless the final five minutes of the half and igniting a 12-0 run to give UT Arlington a 34-30 lead at halftime.
UT Arlington returns to action Dec. 17 at TCU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip off is at 7 p.m.