Lonnie McClanahan scored 23 points and UT Arlington defeated Louisiana-Monroe 85-74 on Thursday night.
Brandon Edwards scored 19 points for the Mavericks (10-13, 5-6 Sun Belt), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Reger Dowell added 17 points and Jamel Outler 10. The Mavericks played without starting point guard Shaquille White-Miller, who missed his first start in 12 games with a back injury.
“It was a great all-around game,” UTA coach Scott Cross said. “I’m really proud of the guys. I just felt like everybody did what they needed to do. At times we struggled with stops, but we played hard.”
Leading 39-33 at halftime, the Mavericks took off to a 57-45 advantage before ULM cut it two at 63-61 with 7:42 left. The Mavericks responded with a 6-0 run and extended the lead to as many as 13 points.
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UTA had only won three times at ULM in 31 previous games. It swept the season series.
Tylor Ongwae scored 24 points — his seventh 20-plus game this season — to lead the Warhawks (7-12, 4-7). Jayon James added 15 and Nick Coppola 11.
UTA led in rebounding 40-29.
The victory “gives us the tiebreaker,” Cross said, referring to seeding for the conference tournament. “They’ve beat some good teams and they’re a tough team to play.
“Our guys came ready to play. I was on our guys all week long and I’m proud of them for responding.”