Dec. 28, 2007

ARLINGTON, Texas - - The toughest portion of UTA's non-conference schedule is over as the Mavericks return to Texas Hall for a 4 p.m. game Saturday against Hardin-Simmons.

UTA looks to put its 13-game home-court win streak on the line.

The Mavericks are coming off two hard-fought losses on the road against TCU and Oklahoma State. The Mavericks took TCU to overtime and erased a 14-point halftime deficit against the Big 12 Cowboys, but the Mavericks couldn't slip away with a victory.

On Saturday, UTA hopes the friendly confines of Texas Hall prove to be enough to get the Mavericks back into the win column. This is the first of two games at home before the Mavericks head out on the road again to start conference play.

For fans who haven't seen the Mavs in a while, they'll notice a change in the starting lineup for the first time this season. Tommy Moffitt, a sophomore from Irving, replaces the injured Brandon Long. Moffitt played 21 minutes against Oklahoma State and finished with seven points and five rebounds.

UTA outrebounded the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 46-30, in the loss. The Mavericks hope a smaller lineup against the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys will earn the same results on the boards. HSU's starting lineup includes one player taller than 6-foot-8, but he has been a handful for competition. Senior center Mardochee Jean averages 14.3 points and 9.8 rebouunds. He has turned in a 23-point performance one time this season.

The Mavericks are off to an 8-2 start - the best in school history - as the non-conference season winds down. Looming after the HSU game is a game against UT-Pan American at home on Jan. 2.

Then, UTA travels to Northwestern State for a Jan. 5 game in Natchitoches, La.




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