MBB: Mavs look to rebound in Little Rock
Feb. 21, 2014
UT Arlington (11-14, 6-7 SBC) vs. UALR (12-14, 7-7 SBC)
THE GAME: UT Arlington finishes a two-game Arkansas trip Saturday at UALR. The Mavericks are coming off Thursday's 83-60 loss at Arkansas State. UALR scored a 72-70 victory over UTA on Jan. 4.
The Mavericks have won two of their last three SBC games and are in sixth place in the league at 6-7. UALR (7-7) is fifth.
RADIO: The game will be aired on 1630 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 ualrtrojans.com.
SERIES: Tied 1-1. The Trojans won the season's first meeting, 72-70, in Arlington on Jan. 4.
ABOUT UALR: UALR dropped a pair of games at Louisiana and ULM last week. The Trojans dropped a double-overtime thriller at the Cajundome, falling 93-87 and finishing the game with just four players after its roster was lost depleted from injuries and foul trouble. On Saturday, UALR never led in a 65-49 loss at ULM. The OT loss was the first overtime defeat for UAL R since the 2011-12 season, and was the first time the Trojans played in a game featuring more than one extra period since its five-overtime loss at FIU on Jan. 30, 2005. UALR has now won four of its last six overtime games.
LAST TIME OUT: A flurry of 3-pointers from Arkansas State were too much to overcome for UT Arlington in Thursday night's 83-60 loss at the Convocation Center. The Mavericks found themselves in an uphill battle against the Red Wolves, who swept the two-game season series and snapped UTA's two-game winning streak. A-State hit 16 of 30 3-pointers, with Kirk Van Slyke (23 points) and Cameron Golden (14 points) combining for 11 makes beyond the arc. While the Red Wolves shot better than 50 percent from the floor, and 3-point territory, UTA wasn't nearly as efficient at the offensive end. The Mavericks knocked down just 40.4 percent (23-57), including just 4-19 from deep.
STREAK ENDS: Senior G Reger Dowell scored nine points Thursday, marking the first time this season he failed to reach double figures. The Mavericks are 5-4 since Dowell returned from a leg injury. Dowell has led the team in scoring in five of those nine games. Dowell, the leading scorer in the SBC and 26th nationally at 20.2 points per game, has scored in double figures in 22 of his 23 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 19.6 points in his last 11 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 23rd nationally and second in SBC in rebounding at 9.6 per game. Has 11 double-doubles. Edwards began the season 16th on UTA's all-time rebounding list and is fourth (777) 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.
TRIPLE THREAT: Dowell (20.2 ppg) is first in SBC in score, Edwards (15.9 ppg) is 11th and McClanahan (15.4) is 12th.
SHAQ BACK: Senior G Shaquille White-Miller returned Thursday after missing two games with a lower back injury. White-Miller came off the bench for the first time since Dec. 14 and dished out two assists in 15 minutes.
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 25 games. F Brandon Edwards has started all 25. Other starters: G Reger Dowell (19), G Lonnie McClanahan (21), F Vincent Dillard (8), C Stuart Lagerson (6), G Jamel Outler (17), C/F Jorge Bilbao (5), C Anthony Walker (5), C/F Brandon Williams (7) and G Shaquille White-Miller (12).
RANKINGS: UTA is third in SBC in rebounding (37.2) and fourth in SBC in scoring (77.0 ppg). UTA is second in SBC and T25th nationally in 3-pointers per game (8.3).