MAVS LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST LAMAR
Feb. 12, 2005
In a game featuring the top two scorers in the Southland Conference -- Texas-Arlington's Steven Thomas and Lamar's Alan Daniels -- the UTA Mavericks host Lamar on Homecoming Day at Texas Hall.
CATCHING THE GAME: The game will be broadcast on UTA Radio, the University's on-line campus radio station. Connect on www.radio.uta.edu or Comcast Cable Channel 76 in Arlington. UTA Radio's Bobby Anderson will bring the play-by-play.
THE SERIES:The Lamar-UTA series is the second longest series in UTA history. Today's meeting is the 64th meeting between the two programs. Lamar has dominated the series, winning 47 of the previous 63 meetings. The Cardinals have won the past four meetings, including an 83-72 decision in Beaumont last season.
SPECIAL PROMOTIONS:Saturday Feb. 12 is Homecoming at UTA. Friday, Feb. 11 is Spirit Day on campus. A Blue and White Bash and Pep rally will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the University Center. The coronation of Homecoming king and queen will be at halftime of the men's game.
Monday's game versus St. Edward's is Quiznos Night at Texas Hall. The "Q" Cup will be on hand to give out prizes.
ABOUT THE UTSA GAME:Texas-San Antonio got a season-high 24 points from Raphael Posey to defeat Texas-Arlington 79-72 in a Southland Conference men's basketball game at Texas Hall Wednesday night.
The win snaps UTSA's three-game losing streak while UTA falls to 10-10 and 5-5.
Joining Posey in double figures was Justin Harbert with 16, John Millsap 15 and Ray Selvage with 11.
UTSA (10-10, 5-4) built as much as a 17-point lead in the second half. UTA could never get closer than eight until the final seconds of the game. A Brady Dawkins three-pointer cut the lead to 44-36 with 14:20 to play, but Posey answered with a bucket to kick the lead back out to 10, 46-36. In the first half, the Roadrunners used their size to out-rebound UTA 24 to 11 and take an 11-point lead, 38-27, at halftime after Millsap converted a three-point play with 32 seconds left in the half.
LAYING IT ON THE LINE: UTA has shot better than 70.0 percent from the foul line in three of the past four games, including 76.2 percent (16 of 21) against Texas-San Antonio. It was the 12th time this season the Mavs have hit 70 percent or better from the foul line this season -- Jarrett Howell (85.1), Brady Dawkins (79.2), Rodrick Epps (76.5), Steven Thomas (74.1), Stephen Floyd (72.0) and Baron Sauls (71.4). Thomas is second on the all-time free throw made list at UTA with 334.
YOUNG GUNS: Prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, recruiting services proclaimed the UTA Class of 2004 as one of the best in school history.
Maybe they were right.
Through 20 games, the UTA version of the "Fab Five" group of freshmen Larry Posey, Baron Sauls, Rodrick Epps, Jermaine Griffin and Myles Guidry have combined to average 23.6 points, 11.1 rebounds per game. Posey scored 10 points at Texas State, his first double-figure game since Wyoming Nov. 27.
Posey became the first true freshman during Eddie McCarter's tenure to score double figures in his college debut with 10 points at TCU. One night later, Griffin recorded his first double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds in a win over UT-Permian Basin.
The freshman five were held to a collective season low of seven points and three rebounds in the 79-72 loss to UTSA.
Epps has averaged 15.0 points, 2.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds over the past four games. The freshman from Richardson is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from the three-point range and 77.9 percent from the foul line.
TEXAS HALL:Make fun on the theatre seating, but there is no denying that Texas Hall has become one of the touhgest places to win a basketball game in the Southland Cofnerence. UTA is 19-5 over the last 24 games played at Texas Hall. This season, UTA is 7-3 at home with the only losses coming to New Mexico (64-55), Northwestern State (69-58) and Texas-San Antonio (79-72).
UTA is 283-207 all-time at Texas Hall.
500 CLUB:UTA continues to draw close to the milestone 50 all-time victories in the program's history. UTA is 491-735 all-time since becoming a four-year institution in 1959.
REBOUNDING:UTA has been out-rebounded 37 to 26 in losses at texas State and to Texas-San Antonio. UTA was beaten on the glass 24-11 in the first half of the UTSA game and the 24 rebounds at Texas State are a season low. The four offensive boards matched a season low turned in against Texas Wesleyan. UTA is 1-6 when being out-rebounded this season.
THREE-MENDOUS:The UTA Mavs made a season-high 11 3-point field goals in a 75-72 loss at Texas State. It is the most 3-pointers made in more than two seasons. The Mavs have made 20-of-40 three-pointers over the last two games. The all-time single game record is 16 vs. Texas State in 1991.
THOMAS TAKES LEADERSHIP ROLE:Junior Steven Thomas has gotten off to a quick start for his claim to be the Southland Conference Player of the Year this season.
Thomas, named the Southland Conference Player of the Week Jan. 15 and again on Jan. 31, is ranked sixth nationally in field-goal percentage, 35th in scoring and 25th in rebounding through games on Jan. 31. He joins Lamar's Alan Daniels as the only two-time winner of the weekly honor. Thomas is on track to becoming the 14 th player in school history to score 500 points in a single-season. He needs 110 points over the final seven regular season games and postseason to reach the plateau. Thomas needs just 24 points to surpass Albert Culton (934), Ralph McPherson (942) and Cal Tate (942) to move into 21st place on the career scoring list. Thomas has 455 career rebounds and can be the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,00-point, 500-rebound plateau.
He is on pace to crack the top 10 single season in rebounds, free throws made and free throws attempts this season at UTA.
Thomas has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games and posted eight double-doubles, including a 24-point, 11-rebound game versus SFA. Thomas' 16 made free throws against San Diego matches his own personal best and is tied for fifth on the all-time single mark at UTA. Thomas needs seven points to move into the school's top 25 career scoring list. He ranks second on the career free throws made list with 313. The career leader is Paul Renfro (396) who set the record in 1980.
Thomas has been a steady force, scoring in double figures every game except Southeastern Louisiana and has posted six double-doubles this season, including a 32-point, 11-rebound effort against Texas Tyler on Dec. 22.
ABOUT LAMAR: Lamar enters Texas Hall after a heartbreaking 86-84 loss at Sam Houston State on Thursday.
Guard Alan Daniels and Raymond Anthony are the only players scoring in double figures at 18.7 and 14.6 points per gam.e As a team, Lamar is ranked 17th in the nation in scoring offense at 80.4 per game. The Cardinals also out-rebound opponents 41.0 to 38.2. Josh Goodwin is the top rebounder at 6.5 per game.
ROAD TO THE TOURNAMENT:UTA is 3-7 away from Texas Hall this season. The Mavs are averaging 67.1 points per game on the road while allowing 75.9. The Mavs have only had two seasons where they posted winning marks on the road -- 1990-91 and 1966-67. UTA has been outscored by 71 points in the first half of road games this season.
HOT ROD:Freshman guard Rodrick Epps' strong play over the last seven games makes him among the top freshmen in the league this season. The Richardson Lake Highlands High School product is averaging 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game since being inserted as a starter at McNeese State on Jan. 15. He leads the team in three-point field goals made (34) this season.
QUICK HITS:UTA is 19-5 at Texas Hall over the past two seasons... Thomas moved into the top 25 in career scoring with a bucket with 6:44 to play in the first half of the MSU game... Thomas can move into the top 20 in career scoring with 14 points today... Epps notched his fourth straight double-figure scoring game... UTA played in its first overtime game since March 7, 2003 when the Mavericks defeated ULM in double overtime, 85-84... UTA is trying for their third consecutive .500 season for the third time in program history, matching the 1990-93 and the 1979-82 eras... The three point-guard rotation of Jarrett Howell, Brady Dawkins and Rodrick Epps is averaging 26.2 points and 8.9 assists per game.