MBB: Mavs seek revenge in Arkansas
Feb. 18, 2014
UT Arlington (11-13, 6-6 SBC) vs. Arkansas State (14-9, 7-5 SBC)
THE GAME: UT Arlington hits the road this week to face two teams - Arkansas State (Thursday) and UALR (Saturday) - that beat the Mavericks earlier this season in Arlington. Arkansas State won 82-66 on Jan. 2 and UALR scored a 72-70 victory two days later.
The Mavericks have won their last two games after a three-game losing streak. UTA is 6-6 in the Sun Belt and are tied with UALR (7-7) for fifth place. Arkansas State (7-5) is in fourth place.
RADIO: The game will be aired on 970 AM with pregame show beginning 20 minutes before tipoff. Josh Sours is calling the action on the UTA Mavericks Radio Network.
LIVE: Live stats and video are available at UTAMavs.com via astateredwolves.com.
SERIES: Arkansas State leads 37-13. The Warhawks won the last meeting earlier this season, 82-66, on Jan. 2 in Arlington.
ABOUT ARKANSAS STATE: Senior guard Ed Townsel moved into third place on A-State's all-time steals leaders list with 163 career thefts in 120 games. Townsel, who recorded two steals at UL Lafayette last Saturday (2/15), surpassed Trey Finn (2009-13; 161 steals) to take sole possession of third place and now is 19 away from matching Carl Archer's (1985-89; 182 steals) second-place 182 career thefts. Senior guard Melvin Johnson III is presently in the midst of a six-game double-figure streak, which includes four 20-or-more point single-game performances. Johnson III is averaging 20.5 points per game (123 points) in his last six outings while shooting 53.7 percent (36-67) from the floor, including 48.8 percent (20-41) in 3-point field goals.
LAST TIME OUT: UT Arlington rode an overpowering second half to a 69-62 victory over rival Texas State before 2,663 fans Saturday night at College Park Center. A pair of seniors - guard Reger Dowell and forward Brandon Edwards - were instrumental in the second half, as the Mavericks outscored Texas State 44-29. The duo accounted for 29 points after the break. Dowell, the leading scorer in the SBC, finished with a game-high 23 points, with 20 coming in the second half. Edwards posted his 11th double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
QUOTABLE: "I want payback against both of those teams." - Coach Scott Cross on games at Arkansas State and UALR.
BACK IN ATTACK MODE: The Mavericks are 5-3 since senior G Reger Dowell returned from a leg injury. Dowell has led the team in scoring in five of those eight games. Dowell, the leading scorer in the SBC and 18th nationally at 20.7 points per game, has scored in double figures in all 22 of his games and has hit the 20 points on 13 occasions.
1 IN 5: Dowell is one of five players in the country averaging at least 20 points per game who didn't average double figures in his previous season. The others are: Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico), Aaric Murray (Texas Southern), D.J. Balentine (Evansville) and Tyler Harvey (Eastern Washington).
MCCLANAHAN STEPPING UP: Junior G Lonnie McClanahan returned to the starting lineup when Dowell went down and has been on an offensive tear since. McClanahan set career highs in successive games, scoring 25 against ULM (1/9) and following that up with 27 at UL Lafayette (1/11). He set a new career best with 28 at WKU (1/30) and beat that with 31 against UL Lafayette (2/6). He's averaged 20.6 points in his last 10 games (all starts). McClanahan has led the team in scoring in three of the last five games. He was named College Sports Madness Sun Belt Player of the Week on Monday.
MEGATRON: Senior F Brandon Edwards is tied for 22nd nationally and second in SBC in rebounding at 9.7 per game. Has 11 double-doubles in 24 games. Edwards began the season 16th on UTA's all-time rebounding list and is fourth (770) after recently passing his high school coach Steven Thomas and former teammate Jordan Reves. Edwards was recently named an all-Sun Belt pick for College Hoop Daily's players of the first three months of the season. CHB previously had Edwards on the all-SBC team for the non-conference season.
DYNAMIC DUO: Dowell (20.7 ppg) and Edwards (16.0 ppg) are first and 10th, respectively, in scoring in the Sun Belt.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: At least four Mavs scored double figures in 11 games this season: Boise State (4), Samford (5), Howard Payne (4), Robert Morris (5), Texas (4), Oklahoma (4), CSUB (4), UALR (4), Georgia State (4), UL Monroe (4) and Texas State (4).
20-20-20 VISION: Three Mavs scored at least 20 at Georgia State: Dowell (26), McClanahan (20) and junior G Jamel Outler (20). The Mavs hadn't had three score at least 20 in the same game since Jan. 28, 1998 at Sam Houston.
LINEUP ROULETTE: Cross has used nine starting lineups through 24 games. F Brandon Edwards has started all 24. Other starters: G Reger Dowell (18), G Lonnie McClanahan (20), F Vincent Dillard (8), C Stuart Lagerson (6), G Jamel Outler (16), C/F Jorge Bilbao (4), C Anthony Walker (5), C/F Brandon Williams (7) and G Shaquille White-Miller (12).
RANKINGS: UTA is second in SBC in rebounding (37.5) and third in SBC in scoring (77.8 ppg). UTA is second in SBC and T16th nationally in 3-pointers per game (8.5).