MBB: Mavs open 4-game CPC stand with UTPA
Feb. 19, 2013
UT Arlington (14-9) vs. UT Pan Am (13-16)
ARLINGTON, Texas - They've been road warriors all season, but for the next two weeks it's home cookin' for the UT Arlington Mavericks.
A season-long four-game stand at College Park Center begins Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against UT Pan American. Another nonconference clash follows Saturday at 5 p.m. against UC Irvine as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters series.
The Mavericks (14-9) return to Western Athletic Conference play Feb. 28 against San Jose State before concluding the regular-season home schedule with Utah State on March 2. UT Arlington hasn't had a losing home record since the 1993-94 season, but the Mavericks are 4-6 at College Park Center this season.
Not only have the Mavericks won four consecutive games, these next four games are a chance to build some serious momentum going into a final two-game road swing at Denver and New Mexico State before departing for the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. UT Arlington, tied for third in the WAC at 9-5, has clinched a first-round bye in the league tourney.
The Mavericks are Broncs are meeting for the second time this season. UT Arlington beat UTPA 60-51 on Dec. 3 on the road. Brandon Edwards led the Mavericks with 17 points that night.
As for the road, UT Arlington is one win away from tying the school record for away victories in one season. The Mavericks are currently 10-3 in enemy gyms this season. The all-time school mark is 11 wins during the 1980-81 season.
Kevin Butler led the Mavericks to another 2-0 record last week and set a new school record in the process. The senior forward connected on a perfect 7-for-7 3-point shooting performance in Thursday's 71-68 win at Idaho. The previous record for the most 3-pointers in game without a miss was 5-5, which was set by current UT Arlington coach Scott Cross on Feb. 14, 1998. Butler broke the record exactly 15 years to the day later. He also scored a team-high 23 points, going 8-8 from the floor overall.
Butler led the Mavericks in scoring against in Saturday's 65-63 win at Seattle U with 14 points. Butler averaged 18.5 points for the week on 52-percent shooting. He's led UTA in scoring in four straight games, all wins.