UTA'S SEASON-HIGH FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END AT LAMAR
Feb. 25, 2009
BEAUMONT, Tx. - The UT Arlington Mavericks had their five-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night as they lost 75-64 at Lamar.
Good shooting and defense had been the hallmarks of the UTA winning streak but the Lamar defense stifled the Mavericks (15-11, 8-5 Southland Conference) offense holding them to season-lows in points and field goal shooting at 33%.
The 64 points was one fewer than the previous low of 65 set twice before. The Mavs had scored at least 74 points in 15 of the previous 17 games before Wednesday.
"We just did not have any intensity tonight," UTA head coach Scott Cross said. "They really locked us up on the offensive end."
The Mavericks shot 33% in each half and made just eight field goals in the first half and it didn't get much better in the second half as they just made 10.
UTA finished the game making only 18-of-54 field goals, by far their worst total of the season. Their previous low was 41% at Texas State in January.
"We have led the conference in field goal shooting all season and obviously we didn't shoot it well tonight," Cross added.
Anthony Miles led Lamar (15-12, 6-7 Southland Conference) with a career-high 24 points while Brandon McThay had 20 and Jay Brown added 14 points. Brown had a team-high eight rebounds.
Miles played the entire game and had 12 points in each half. It was just the seventh time this season he had scored in double figures as he was playing in place of the injured Kenny Dawkins.
Lamar led 37-31 at the half and shortly after the half started the Mavericks pulled to within three. But baskets by McThay and Skyler Williams increased the lead and UTA was never closer than seven points the remainder of the game and trailed by double digits most of the final 20 minutes.
The Mavs defense was not much better as Lamar finished the game shooting 48% from the field which included 59% in the second half as they connected on 13-of22 field goals.
"Our defense wasn't any good either," Cross said.
Turnovers hurt the Mavericks in the first half as they committed 12 that the Cardinals turned into 11 points. UTA was better in the second half as they turned it over just three times but by that time the game was already decided.