The UT Arlington men’s basketball team dismantled Howard Payne 111-64 behind senior Reger Dowell’s 35 points Wednesday night at the College Park Center.
The Mavericks scored their highest point total since 1998 and improved to 2-1 with the 47-point win. Dowell scored the most points for a Maverick since Marquez Haynes scored 38 in 2010, giving the Mavericks the outside shooting threat they haven’t seen in a few years.
“Shots were just open all night,” Dowell said. “I tried to force it a little bit, but when I get hot, I can do some damage.”
The Oklahoma State transfer made six 3-pointers and finished 12 of 19 from the floor. He grabbed the spotlight, but freshman Brandon Williams impressed as well. The lanky forward recorded his first career double-double with a 15-point, 10-rebound night.
Despite the final score, the Mavericks had trouble setting the tone in the early going. Howard Payne was hot from beyond the arc and only trailed 22-21 midway through the first half, but UTA went on a 37-12 run that essentially sealed the game at halftime.
“We had guys get into rhythm, and Reger was phenomenal tonight,” coach Scott Cross said.
The Mavericks shot 56.3 percent from the floor, and four players reached double digits. Dowell has scored more than 20 points in all three games this season and leads a potent UTA offense that’s averaging 95 points per game.
Playing on back-to-back nights didn’t appear to have any effect on the Mavericks, but they’ll have to gear back up on Friday when they complete a three-game homestand by hosting Cleveland State in their homecoming game.