MAVERICKS LOSE THIRD CONSECUTIVE GAME AT CORPUS CHRISTI
Feb. 4, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx. - A big run at the beginning of the second half propelled Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to an 82-75 win over the UTA men's basketball team and sent the Mavericks to their third consecutive loss.
After leading the game 31-30 at halftime, the Islanders stormed out of the break with a 28-7 run over the first nine minutes of the half to take control of the game.
Down by 20 at 62-42, the Mavericks went on a 13-0 run to cut the lead to seven and had a chance to slice into the lead even further with 5:21 to play as Anthony Vereen went to the line for two foul shots.
The senior missed them both and Corpus Christi responded with three quick points and the Mavericks never got closer than the final margin of seven the remainder of the game.
Vereen was the lone bright spot for the Mavericks as he scored a career-high 29 points, making 9-of-12 from the field and 11-of-13 from the line. Roge'r Guignard added 14 for the Mavs but Marquez Haynes, the conference's leading scorer, was held to just 11.
TAMU-CC shot 70% during that run after the Mavericks held them to just 37% in the first half. The Islanders finished the half making 13-of-23 (57%) while UTA made just 15-of-37 in the final 20 minutes. TAMU-CC finished the game shooting 46% while UTA shot 44.8%.
After a shaky first half in which Corpus Christi turned eight offensive rebounds into seven second chance points and scored 15 points off 11 UTA turnovers, the Mavericks improved in those areas later in the game and finished the game with a 37-36 edge in rebounding.
The Mavericks had 18 turnovers which was their highest total in a conference game and have committed 35 in the last two games after averaging just over 12 a contest in the four previous games.
Corpus Christi had a decided advantage at the foul line as they made 29-of-43, including scoring 17 of their last 19 points at the line. UTA made 16-of-20.
The first half was one of runs as the Mavericks jumped out to a quick 9-6 lead before the Islanders went on a 16-4 run to take a 22-13 lead.
UTA came back to tie the game at 23 but the Islanders led by one at the break.
The loss dropped the Mavericks to 10-10 overall and 3-4 in Southland Conference play. Corpus Christi improved to 12-10 and 6-1 in conference play.
UTA's next game is Saturday at Northwestern State. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.