MBB: Hervey's offensive explosion paces Mavs

Dec. 16, 2017

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EDINBURG, Texas -- Senior Kevin Hervey scored 30 points to go with a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the UT Arlington men's basketball team to an 86-65 road victory at UTRGV.

The Arlington native went 13-of-25 from the field and added four assists and two blocks as the Mavericks rebounded from a pair of disappointing losses last week to improve to 8-3 on the season. UTA returns to action Monday with an 8 p.m. (CST) tipoff at 25th ranked Creighton.

UTRGV (6-7) was led by Greg Bowie's 17 points, while Nick Dixon added 15 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. The Vaqueros return to competition at Oklahoma State on Dec. 22.

In addition to Hervey's eye-popping numbers, several Mavericks displayed some of their best performances of the season. Kaelon Wilson scored 21 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists and turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes. Nathan Hawkins scored a UTA career-high 16 points, keyed by a 4-of-6 performance from behind the 3-point arc, with 4 assists and 2 steals. Julian Harris equaled his career best with 7 rebounds, while DJ Bryant set a career high with 8 assists in a starting role.

Playing without Erick Neal, who remained in Arlington to deal with personal issues, the Mavericks appeared largely unbothered by UTRGV's relentless full court pressure throughout the game. UTA registered 14 turnovers, more than one fewer than its season average and shot .466 from the field. Bryant registered just two turnovers in a career-high 30 minutes of action.

Even though it led for more than 39 minutes, UTA was unable to pull away from the Vaqueros until late in the game. The Mavericks jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead over the first four minutes, but UTRGV climbed back to within 4 points midway through the half. The two teams traded scoring runs until the Mavericks claimed a 10-point lead at the break.

After halftime, the teams traded baskets with UTRGV once again pulling to within 4 points at 49-45 on a pair of Dixon free throws with 13:48 remaining. UTA then went on a 9-0 scoring run, capped by a 3-pointer by Hervey to claim a 58-45 lead with 11:17 on the clock.

The Vaqueros were unable to get any closer than 11 points before UTA's long range shooting decided the game down the stretch. Hawkins connected on his fourth 3-pointer to push the lead to 21 points with 2:49 left. After Dixon responded with a 3-pointer, Bryant made his second 3-pointer of the season. Johnny Hamilton determined the final margin with a layup with :40 seconds remaining.

For the entire month of December (through Jan. 6), all youth ages 18 and under will be admitted free to UTA home men and women's basketball games. Tickets are available at the College Park Center box office prior to each game.

Single game, group and specially-priced multi-game ticket packages to attend UTA men and women's basketball events are on sale through the UTA Box Office in person or by calling (817) 272-8585 and online through UTATickets.com.  Single game tickets are priced at $8, $12 and $25 per game, depending on seat location.  UTA students and faculty staff tickets are available for just $5 per game.  Discount Maverick Club (season) and general public (single game) parking is also available.  Visit UTATickets.com for detailed information.

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