MBB: Keightly roadie continues at Robert Morris
Nov. 20, 2013
UT Arlington (2-3) at Robert Morris (2-2)
THE GAME: Trip to Robert Morris is the third game in the Keightly Classic, which concludes with Saturday night's visit to Eastern Michigan. The Mavericks are 0-2 on the road this season.
RADIO: The game will be aired on 1630 AM with pregame show beginning at 5:40 p.m. CT. Tip is 6 p.m. Jimmy Christopher is calling the action on the UTA Mavericks Radio Network.
SERIES: UT Arlington and Robert Morris are meeting for the first time.
ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS: The Colonials are coming off an 87-49 loss at No. 1 Kentucky (11/17/13) to conclude a 1-2 (.333) road trip as senior guard Karvel Anderson paced RMU with 16 points while grabbing five rebounds. Junior guard Desjuan Newton was the only other player to reach double figures for Robert Morris against the Wildcats, scoring all of his career-high 11 points in the second half. The Colonials converted just 23.2 percent (16-for-69) of their shots from the field at Kentucky, tying a mark for their lowest field goal percentage in the Andrew Toole era. RMU also shot 23.2 percent (16-for-69) in a 64-47 loss at Memphis (12/29/11). Robert Morris returns to the road after hosting the Mavericks Thursday, opening a four-game road swing and concluding play in the Keightley Classic Saturday, Dec. 23, with a 3:00 p.m. tip at Cleveland State.
QUOTABLE: "There are a lot of positives, of course a loss is a loss, and we have to figure out a way to get a couple of wins in this tournament before we go back home." -- UT Arlington coach Scott Cross after Tuesday's game at Kentucky.
QUOTABLE II: "We are also looking forward to playing two very good teams in Robert Morris and Eastern Michigan. They played each other on Friday and Eastern Michigan won a close battle, but we know that both teams will be very tough. Robert Morris beat Kentucky last year in the NIT, so that should show everyone the type of basketball team that we will be playing." -- Cross.
LAST TIME OUT: The Mavericks hung tough for the country's fourth-ranked team for much of the first half Tuesday night, but the Kentucky Wildcats showed why they're expected to contend for a national title with a 105-76 victory over UT Arlington. Senior forward Brandon Edwards had his third double-double of the season with a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Reger Dowell, the country's ninth-leading scorer coming into the week, had 20 points. Junior forward Vincent Dillard scored 13. The Mavericks also got a boost of energy from freshman forward Jorge Bilbao, who made his first career start.
ALL REGER, ALL THE TIME: Dowell scored career-high 35 (tied for 20th in UTA history) vs. HPU and has scored at least 20 in all five games. Dowell is 16th nationally in scoring (24.8 ppg). He averaged 28.0 points on UTA's three-game homestand last week. The last UT Arlington player to score at least 30 was Marquez Haynes (32 points) on Feb. 6, 2010.
BOARD MACHINE: Edwards is 27th nationally in rebounding at 11.0 per game. He has three double-doubles this season, including two games in a row. He began season 17th on UTA's all-time rebounding list and is now up to 10th.
TRIPLE DIGITS: UTA's 111 points vs. Howard Payne (11/13) were most since 124 vs. Sam Houston State (12/28/98) and tied for 18th all-time in school history.
SCORING BIG: UTA scored at least 87 in the first three games. The last time UTA had such a stretch was four in a row from Dec. 1-11, 1992: 91 (Concordia-Lutheran), 121 (Schreiner), 105 (Sul Ross State), 95 (Gonzaga).
DOUBLE FIGURES: At least four Mavs scored double figures in three games this season: Boise State (4), Samford (5) and Howard Payne (4).
MAVERICK DEBUTS: Six players made their UTA debuts at Boise State: Dowell, G Lonnie McClanahan, Dillard, F Jorge Bilbao, Williams and G Courtney Austin. Four of the five starters at Boise State didn't play at UTA in 2012-13: Dowell, McClanahan, Dillard and C Stuart Lagerson, who redshirted last season.
NEW BLOOD: Bilbao made his first career start at Kentucky, joining Dowell, McClanahan, Dillard and Edwards.