MEN"S HOOPS OPEN SEASON AGAINST HIGHLANDERS
Nov. 11, 2007
The UT Arlington Mavs open the 2007-08 season at Texas Hall as the host UC Riverside.
OUT OF THE GATE
UT Arlington defeated Texas-Tyler 87-59 in the season opener last year. UTA has lost 10 of their last 12 openers. Ten of the last 12 openers have been on the road, the only wins came at Texas Hall against Texas Wesleyan (86-78) on Nov. 18, 2000 and last year against UT-Tyler.
ABOUT UC RIVERSIDE
UC Riverside dropped their season opener, a 68-56 setback at Texas Tech on Saturday. The Highlanders committed 27 turnovers as Tech had 16 steals and converted the miscues into 28 points. A 15-3 run in the second half broke open a close game. Reserve Sean Cunningham led UCR with 15 points. Larry Cunningham added 13 and Aaron Scott scored 11.
MORE ON THE MAVERICKS
UT Arlington defeated Texas A&M-Commerce 85-62 in their only exhibition game prior to Monday's season opener.
Six players scored in double figures against A&M-Commerce, including 19 points from sophomore forward Tommy Moffitt. Larry Posey (13), Brandon Long (12), Rod Epps (11), Rog'er Guignard (11) and Jermaine Griffin (10) all had double figures in the balanced attack.
"I thought we came out with good intensity and our bench did a good job of continuing the intensity once they got on the floor," said UT Arlington Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Cross said. "We did a good job rebounding on the offensive end and the fact we had 11 steals tell me we were very aggressive, and I like that. We converted those rebounds and steals into easy points and set the tempo for the game."
The Mavericks defense set the tone early, limiting TAMUCC to nine points in the first 11 minutes of the game and led 31-9 after a Posey jumper with 8:53 left in the first half. Leading 31-16, three straight 3-pointers - two by Guignard and another by Long - stretched the lead to 40-16. Moffitt's jumper in the final minute of the half made it 50-18.
UT Arlington returns five starters and 10 lettermen from last season's 13-17 squad that tied for fifth in the Southland Conference. Senior center Jermaine Griffin is a preseason first-team all-SLC choice after leading
UTA in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (6.8) last season.
Seniors Griffin, guard rod Epps and forward Larry Posey have started a collective 140 games and scored 2,057 points during their careers.