UT Arlington just has Texas State’s number.
For the sixth straight time, the Mavericks beat their intrastate rivals with a 69-62 win Saturday at College Park Center, moving back to .500 in conference play in the process.
“If there’s a game on the schedule we want to win every year, it’s this one,” coach Scott Cross said.
Brandon Edwards notched his 11th double-double of the season and helped the Mavericks (11-13, 6-6 Sun Belt Conference) pull away from a stout Bobcats defense with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
His 761st career board moved him into fourth place on UTA’s all-time rebounding list, passing Jordan Reves, who graduated after last season.
“I always told him I’d pass him,” he said. “In fact, I think I’m going to go Facebook-message him as soon as I get out of here.”
After UTA fell behind by four in the second half, Jamel Outler hit a pair of 3-pointers to ignite an 11-0 run. The Mavericks then used a 13-5 run to eat up enough clock to keep the Bobcats (7-17, 3-8) from recovering.
Edwards and Sun Belt leading scorer Reger Dowell played big roles in late runs to put the game away. Dowell only had three points in the first half, but he dumped in 20 in the second half for his 13th game this season with 20 or more points.
On a night when first-place Georgia State and second-place Western Kentucky both lost to cellar-dwelling teams, the Mavericks took advantage and made up some ground
The Mavericks sit only one game back of Arkansas State and a half-game back of Arkansas-Little Rock. They face both this week, looking to move into fourth place.