MBB: Conference champs return home to face Northwestern State
Feb. 24, 2012
Arlington, Texas - UT Arlington Men's Basketball Game Preview
UT Arlington (21-6. 13-0 Conference) vs. Northwestern State (15-13, 7-6 Conference)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 - 7 pm CT
College Park Center - Arlington, Texas
Radio: KVCE-AM (1160)/kvceradio.com
Series: UTA leads 28-22
The UT Arlington men's basketball team plays its first home game in two weeks Saturday as it hosts Northwestern State at College Park Center at 7 p.m.
It is also the first home game since the Mavericks clinched the Southland Conference Championship after they defeated McNeese State Wednesday in Lake Charles. Besides earning the conference title, the victory also gave head coach Scott Cross his 100th career victory and gave the team 21 wins, which ties a school record for most victories in a season which the program also accomplished in 2008.
The Mavericks are now 21-6 on the season and a perfect 13-0 in conference play. UT Arlington has played just three home games out of their last 12 contests and Saturday's game is the first of two consecutive at home as they finish off the regular season.
Following the game, the Mavericks will be presented with their conference championship trophy.
LaMarcus Reed had a game-high 28 points to lead the Mavericks at McNeese State and continues to lead the Southland Conference in scoring at 20.1 points per game. Reed also leads the team in scoring in all games at 17.1 points a contest.
Northwestern State enters the game 15-13 overall and 7-6 in league play after losing to Sam Houston State Wednesday.
The Demons are led by senior center William Mosley who is about to move into the NCAA's all-time top five in blocked shots. One more would equal his total with Alonzo Mourning. Mosley averaged 11.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Shamir Davis is the team's leading scorer at 13.4 points per game.
UT Arlington leads the series but lost last year's game 78-71 in overtime after winning three consecutive games. Two years ago in the last game in Arlington, former UTA All-American Marquez Haynes hit a shot at the buzzer to win the game for the Mavericks.