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UTA set to square off with UTSA in San Antonio Saturday

Marquez Haynes will look to push the Mavericks past the Roadrunners Saturday
Marquez Haynes will look to push the Mavericks past the Roadrunners Saturday

Feb. 12, 2010

ARLINGTON - Texas - Almost a month ago, UT Arlington and UT San Antonio were two different teams.

UTA was injury plagued, looking to avoid a 0-3 conference start for the first time since the 1994-1995 season.

UTSA was 2-0 in conference and stood at 12-3, tops in the Southland.

Fortunes have changed however. The Mavericks have now climbed to 13 wins overall and have a winning conference record at 5-4. The Roadrunners have only picked up won more win since the 12-3 start.

Now both teams have a chance to square off again, with the Roadrunners looking for a little home court revenge.

Things have changed now. The Mavericks have senior forward Tommy Moffitt back from injury. Moffitt has immediately helped the rebounding for the Mavericks, showcased Wednesday during the Mavs win over McNeese State.

Moffitt pulled down eight rebound while chipping in 10 points Wednesday.

UTA has also received sophomore forward LaMarcus Reed back from injury. Reed has made an impact in the box score and the locker room. His energy is showed on defense, where coach Scott Cross said he makes the team better.

But the bulk of the offense lately has been put on senior guards Marquez Haynes and Brandon Long. Which is why when the two combined to go 6-for-18 on Wednesday, Cross was pleased with his other players stepping up.

"It's a credit to our others guys to step up and score," Cross said.

But don't think Cross doesn't want to see Long and Haynes do well. Cross is thankful he has two seniors he can rely on. The whole team has also stepped up during the season long five game winning streak.

"I'm thankful that I've got players like Marquez Haynes and Brandon Long to take over a game if it goes haywire," Cross said. "I'm proud of all our guys."




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