Jan. 18, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas - - After a convincing victory on Thursday night, UT Arlington men's basketball team tries to make it two in a row in league play and 16 in a row at home Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. at Texas Hall.
It won't be easy, says Mavericks coach Scott Cross. The Mavericks (11-4, 1-2 in the SLC) have shuffled their lineup a few times over the past couple of week in search of chemistry and an effective rotation since the injury to Brandon Long last month. And the Lions (10-6, 2-1) have already showed the rest of the league that they can win on the road.
SLU defeated Sam Houston state in Huntsville to open conference season.
Most recently, the Lions knocked off Texas State in San Marcos, Tex.
"They're a very athletic and well-coached basketball team," Cross said. "They have a couple of guys who can really score, and they defend well. It's going to be a tough game for us, but I feel like we will be prepared. Our assistant coaches did an excellent job getting us ready for Nicholls State on Thursday, and they've been working very hard the last couple of days to get ready for this one. Hopefully, we can put everything together, have another good game and give our fans something to cheer about."
UTA followers had plenty of opportunities to cheer on Thursday in UTA's victory against Nicholls State. The Mavericks jumped to an 11-2 lead and never let the Colonels get within four in the first half. After another spurt in the second half, UTA led by as many as 18.
Nicholls closed the gap at the end, but any scare was mild as UTA hit its free throws and continued to keep a safe distance on the scoreboard.
Against the Lions, UTA will face a team that has a size advantage, at least on the starting lineup. Starting shooting guard Kevyn Green is 6-5, and small forward Warrell Span is 6-6.
"We've done a good job defending the perimeter this season, and we'll certainly have to do it again to beat Southeastern," Cross said. "It's going to take a strong effort by all of our guys."
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