UTA MEN USE LONG BALL FOR VICTORY AGAINST HARDIN-SIMMONS
Dec. 29, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas - - Sparked by the outside shooting of point guard Rog'er Guignard, the UT Arlington men's basketball team put the skids to a short losing streak and cruised past Hardin-Simmons, 74-54, in a Saturday afternoon non-conference game at Texas Hall.
Guignard, a sophomore from Mesquite, nailed a career-high seven 3-pointers in just 12 attempts and finished with 23 points. Already ahead by 15 points at the half, Guignard hit three consecutive long-range jumpers to put the Mavericks ahead 48-28 with 15:49 left in the game.
UTA (9-2) kept the pressure on, extending its lead over the Cowboys (4-5) to 30 points midway through the second half.
The victory comes after consecutive road losses against TCU and Oklahoma State.
"It felt great to be back at Texas Hall - our whole team was glad to be at home," said Guignard, whose previous high for 3-pointers made in a game was five. "I really haven't shot the ball very well all season, maybe because I was putting too much pressure on myself. Before this game, I decided to just have fun and play ball. We were all playing with a lot of confidence."
The Mavericks continued the best start in school history by shooting the ball well as a team, controlling the boards and playing good defense.
UTA was 27-for-56 from the field and 10-for-23 from the 3-point line. Mixed in was a dominating performance inside for UTA's big men. Senior forward Larry Posey and senior center Jermaine Griffin combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore forward Tommy Moffitt, a recent addition to the starting lineup, had seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
UTA beat the Cowboys on the boards, 42-35, and held them to a 34-percent shooting from the field (22-64). Mardochee Jean led HSU with 12 points.
The Mavericks return to action Wednesday, Jan. 2 with a 7 p.m. game against Texas-Permian Basin.