Erick Neal drilled a 35-footer with two seconds left and UT Arlington maintained its hold on first place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 68-67 win at Georgia State on Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks’ only lead of the second half came at the buzzer. The Mavericks tied the game at 55-55 on a Neal trey and Jalen Jones tied it at 65-65 on his 3-pointer with 46 seconds left. D'Marcus Simonds’ jumper with 22 seconds left gave Georgia State the lead, 67-65.
The win keeps UT Arlington (20-6, 10-3) in first place by a half game. Four teams atop the Sun Belt standings are within one game in the win column. Georgia State (16-10, 9-5) had been part of a three-way tie for first, but has now lost three straight.
The Mavericks trailed by 15, 53-38 with 11 minutes to play, but ran off 14-straight and trailed by one with 7:12 to play.
Kevin Hervey led UTA with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Hollowell scored 19 to pace Georgia State.