UTA overcomes ice-cold start to trip SFA

By Ken Costlow
(via wire reports)

LaMarcus Reed scored 16 points and Bo Ingram added 13 as UT-Arlington overcame a double-digit halftime deficit to slip past Stephen F. Austin, 51-47, Wednesday night in Nacogdoches.

The Mavericks trailed by 13, 32-19, at halftime before limiting the Lumberjacks to just 15 points in the second half in extending the nation’s second longest winning streak to 16 games. The 19 points represented the team’s lowest-scoring half this season..

The victory improved UTA’s record to 20-5 for the season and 12-0 in Southland Conference play. It’s the second time in school history that the Mavericks reached the 20-win mark, finishing 21-12 in advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

Employing a full-court press from the outset of the second half, the Mavericks held SFA to 19 percent shooting from the field in last 20 minutes and 28.3 percent shooting from the field for the game. It was the second straight outing that UTA has held its opponent to under 30 percent from the field.

Reed’s three-pointer at 12:16 of the second half completed a 16-5 UTA run that brought the Mavericks to within two, 37-35. Kevin Butler’s layup with 6:02 to go then put UTA up, 43-42, the team’s first lead since the 7:32 mark of the first half.

Jordan Reves led the Mavericks on the boards with nine rebounds. SFA (14-11, 8-4) was paced by Taylor Smith’s 15 points and nine rebounds from off the bench.

UTA travels to Ogden, Utah, on Saturday for an intersectional clash with Weber State. Game time will be 7 p.m.