Dec. 17, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second straight season, the UT Arlington Mavericks gave the TCU Horned Frogs all they wanted. And like last year, the Horned Frogs used clutch free-throw shooting in overtime to hold off the Mavs, 77-74, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Monday night.
The loss dropped the Mavs (8-1) from the list of 14 unbeaten teams in the country. TCU (6-3) continued their dominance over the Mavs, winning their 11th straight contest dating back to 1981.
TCU held UT Arlington to one field goal in the first 4:20 of overtime to take a 74-68 lead after a free throw by Ryan Wall with 49.4 seconds to play. Jermaine Griffin scored underneath to cut the lead to 74-70 with 40.7 seconds remaining. After Brent Hackett made two free throws with 11.3 seconds to play to give TCU a 77-73 lead, Tommy Moffitt shot two free throws for guard Brandon Long who left the game after being fouled. Moffitt made his first free throw, missed the second. Jermaine Griffin grabbed the rebound and Anthony Vereen's shot in the corner hit the side of the backboard as time expired.
"Basketball is a game of runs and they got a little run in overtime," said UT Arlington Head Coach Scott Cross. "I thought our guys played extremely hard and we had our chances to win, but just didn't make a play here or there."
UTA had four in double figures with Vereen coming off the bench to score a season-high 20 points. Long had 13 points and Griffin posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Larry Posey added 12 points. TCU's Kevin Langford scored all 17 of his points in the second half and overtime. Henry Salter had 17 points and senior guard Brent Hackett added 15 points.
UT Arlington battled from an 11-point deficit in the second half to take their first lead of the game, 49-48 on a Vereen bucket with 8:46 to play.
But neither team could pull away from the other. A 24-foot bomb from Rog'er Guignard tied the game at 64-64 with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Jason Ebie missed a jumper as time expired to force overtime for the second straight season between these two teams.
UT Arlington began the game ice cold, connecting on one of their first nine field goals and finishing the first half with a season low 27 points. Vereen kept the Mavs in the game with 12 points in the first half as TCU extended their trapping half-court defense to silence the Mavs guards and build a 34-27 lead at intermission.
UT Arlington ends a three-game road trip Saturday when they face Oklahoma State at 2 p.m.
GAME NOTES: UTA tied a season-high 20 turnovers... the announced crowd of 3,890 was about half Mavericks fans... "it was an unbelievable crowd making drive," said Cross. "I have been a part of this series since 1995 and we never had anything like this before... almost 100 packed the Blue Mesa Grill in Fort Worth to hear Cross prior to the game.
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