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.

Junior forward Anthony Vereen came off the bench to lead all inside players with 15 points. He also added six rebounds. Senior guard Rod Epps had seven assits.



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.


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