Kevin Hervey scored 28 points, Erick Neal hit three crucial 3-pointers to help fuel a second half rally and UT Arlington slipped past Loyola Marymount for an 85-80 victory in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
Trailing by as much as 12 in the second half, UT Arlington steadily chipped away and got a 3 from Neal to trim the gap to 62-61 with 6:57 left and stayed close. Neal then hit another 3 to break a 71-all tie and give the Mavericks their first lead of the game.
Loyola Marymount’s James Batemon hit a jumper to trim it to 74-73. But Neal responded with another 3-pointer to push the advantage to four with 3:07 left, and UTA held on from there.
TCU women 72, Oral Roberts 58: Junior Jordan Moore had a career-high 21 points and seven blocks to lead the Horned Frogs to a season-opening victory. TCU erupted for 30 points in second quarter, and Amber Ramirez added 18 points and tied a career high with seven assists. The Horned Frogs have won five straight season openers.
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UT Arlington women 61, Incarnate Word 48: The Mavericks outscored the Cardinals 20-12 in the fourth quarter to begin their season on a high note. Senior Rebekah VanDijk had a game-high 11 points and nine rebounds for UTA, which improved to 32-12 all-time in home openers.