The UT Arlington men’s basketball team proved Monday that its upset of Ohio State was no fluke.
Kevin Hervey had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks knocked off Memphis 68-64 for its second shocker in three days over a basketball heavyweight on the road.
The Mavericks (3-1) beat Ohio State 73-68 on the road on Friday night.
“I want to thank the good Lord for this victory,” UTA coach Scott Cross told UTA’s website. “Our guys have shown a ton of resilience. For Memphis to go on that big run in the second half and the crowd got involved, we were fouling them every time down, it was amazing for our guys to snap out of it.
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“Just like the game at Ohio State, the guys believed in each other. There is something special brewing with this basketball team.”
Jalen Jones was 7 of 13 from the floor for 15 points and Erick Neal added 13 as the Mavericks rolled to a 31-21 lead at the break.
I want to thank the good Lord for this victory. Our guys have shown a ton of resilience. ... There is something special brewing with this basketball team.
UTA coach Scott Cross
Memphis charged back to take a 50-44 lead following Avery Woodson’s 3-point jumper midway in the second half. The Mavericks retook the lead 58-55 with 3:09 left following Nathan Hawkins’ layup and Neal’s three free throws.
Hervey, who hit 7 of 20 shots from the floor and all six of his free throws, made two straight jump shots and slammed home a dunk with 18 seconds left to seal the win.
Ricky Tarrant Jr. had 21 points for Memphis (2-2). The Mavericks made just 26 of 78 shots from the floor, but the Tigers only got 16 of 54 to fall.
The Mavericks overcame a disparity at the foul line. Memphis shot 44 free throws, 31 coming in the second half. The Tigers made 28. UTA was 11-of-19 for the game.
Both teams came out cold, combining to shoot 4-30 in the opening eight minutes before UTA forged an 18-11 lead.
This report contains material from the UT Arlington website.