MBB: Mavs end break at Houston Baptist
Dec. 12, 2013
THE GAME: UT Arlington plays its next two games on the road: Houston Baptist and Oklahoma on Tuesday. The Mavericks follow that with a four-game homestand, including the opening three Sun Belt Conference games. UTA's break between games is 11 days, with the Mavericks being off since beating Dallas Baptist on Dec. 3.
RADIO: The game will be aired on 970 AM with pregame show beginning at 7:10 p.m. CT. Tip is 7:30 p.m. Jimmy Christopher is calling the action on the UTA Mavericks Radio Network.
LIVE VIDEO/STATS: Live video streaming and live stats are available at hbuhuskies.com.
SERIES: UT Arlington leads 18-6. The Mavericks beat the Huskies 81-47 last season at College Park Center. UTA owns a 13-game winning streak vs. HBU, with last loss coming in 1979.
ABOUT HOUSTON BAPTIST: Sophomore guard Rob Lewis leads the Huskies (3-6) with 13.0 points per game. He has come off the bench the last six games and scored in double figures in the last five. Junior guard Tyler Russell adds 11.1 points and sophomore forward Cody Joyce puts up 9.2 points per game. Junior center Ricmonds Vilde posts 6.0 points per game and leads HBU with 5.8 rebounds per game, while junior guard Marcel Smith averages 6.2 points and leads the Huskies with 16 assists.
LAST TIME OUT: Brandon Edwards scored 16 and grabbed 10 rebounds as UT Arlington snapped a five-game losing streak by overwhelming Dallas Baptist 81-53 on Scott Cross' 39th birthday. The Mavericks improved to 3-6 after ending the program's longest skid in three years. Edwards recorded his sixth double-double of the season and added four blocks. Senior guard Reger Dowell had 15 points. Lonnie McClanahan (13 points and season-high eight assists) set the table for the Mavericks, especially in the first half.
QUOTABLE: "Houston Baptist has a very talented group. They've had a couple of good wins, they beat Rice, so anytime you can beat a Conference USA basketball program, you have a pretty good team. We have to be ready to play. They have some very good players and we'll have to buckle down." - Coach Scott Cross.
SKID SNAPPED: UT Arlington snapped a five-game losing streak, the program's longest since losing six straight during the 2010-11 season, with last week's win over Dallas Baptist. The Mavericks are 0-5 on the road for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
ICEMAGEDDON: UTA's nonconference game Saturday against Weber State was canceled due to the winter storm that hit North Texas. The game will not be made up this season.
20-20 VISION: Senior G Reger Dowell is 12th nationally in scoring at 22.7 ppg. Dowell scored career-high 35 (tied for 20th in UTA history) vs. Howard Payne & had at least 20 in the season's first 7 games. Streak was snapped at Texas with 17 points. Season-low 15 vs. Dallas Baptist.
MEGATRON: Senior F Brandon Edwards is tied for 10th nationally in rebounding at 10.6 per game. He has 6 double-doubles this season and had a streak of 4 in a row snapped at Texas. He began season 16th on UTA's all-time rebounding list & is now up to 8th. Edwards also scored a career-high 30 points at Eastern Michigan. Edwards is one of 4 players in the country averaging at least 18 points and 10 rebounds.
BUSY, BUSY: UTA has packed quite a few games into a small space already this season. The Mavericks have already played a stretch of three games in four days (Nov. 12-15) and three games in five days (Nov. 19-23).
SPREADING THE WEALTH: At least four Mavs scored double figures in five games this season: Boise State (4), Samford (5), Howard Payne (4), Robert Morris (5) and Texas (4).
LINEUP ROULETTE: Scott Cross has used four starting lineups through nine games. G Reger Dowell, F Brandon Edwards, G Lonnie McClanahan have started all nine. The center position has seen three different starters: Stuart Lagerson (5 starts), Jorge Bilbao (2) and Anthony Walker (2). F Vincent Dillard started the first eight games, with G Jamel Outler getting his first start vs. DBU.
SECOND BEST: UT Arlington is second in Sun Belt and tied for 44th nationally in team scoring (81.7 ppg). UTA is also second in the Sun Belt and 20th nationally in 3-pointers per game (8.9).
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).
MAVERICK DEBUTS: Six players made their UTA debuts at Boise State: Dowell, G Lonnie McClanahan, Dillard, F Jorge Bilbao, F Brandon 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.