Kevin Hervey scored 18 points and Erick Neal added 17 as UT Arlington stunned Ohio State 73-68 on Friday night.
The Mavericks (2-1) dominated in the paint (36-20) and in rebounding (46-37) against the young but talented Buckeyes (2-1).
The unranked Buckeyes cut UTA’s lead that was once nine to three points in the final minutes but the Mavericks converted at the foul line (19 of 22 for the game).
The Mavericks had been 0-8 in Big Ten matchups. UTA ended Ohio State’s 61-game winning streak against nonconference foes at Value City Arena.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m so proud of our guys,” UTA coach Scott Cross said. “They played their heart and soul out. At halftime we were playing really well and guys were stepping up.
“Down the stretch our guys just stepped up, hit some free throws and big shots. Most of all we defended and rebounded, and that’s why we won this basketball game.”
UTA trailed 34-32 at the half but scored the first seven points of the second to open up a 39-34 advantage. The Mavericks stretched the lead to as many as nine on multiple occasions. Jalen Jones’ 3-pointer made it 57-48.
Ohio State had a hard time getting any flow in its offense and made only 13 for 27 free throw attempts.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points to lead the Buckeyes. He cut the UTA lead to three on a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.
Neal was fouled and hit two free throws for a five-point margin. An OSU layup made it 71-68 with 10 seconds left, but Jorge Bilbao hit two free throws with 5 seconds remaining.
The Mavericks play their second “money” game of the season Monday night at Memphis, which almost knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma this week. The game will be televised on ESPNews.
Ohio State is now 167-5 against unranked teams under coach Thad Matta. Matta’s record against an unranked nonconference foe is 106-2.
Ohio State had a hard time getting any flow in its offense and struggled mightily from the free-throw line, going 13 for 27 (48 percent).
Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points to lead the Buckeyes while Jaquan Lyle had 15 and Marc Loving finished with 12.
The Mavericks won the battle on the boards 46-37, and they scored 15 points off 18 offensive rebounds.
UTA also had a big advantage in the paint, outscoring the Buckeyes 34-22.
The first half was back-and-forth.
The Mavericks scored first — marking the first time Ohio State had trailed this season — but the Buckeyes eventually went in front for the first time on a Marc Loving 3-pointer that made it 12-11 with 13:02 left in the half.
Kam Williams’ trey less than 30 seconds later extended the lead to four points, but that would not stick.
The teams traded the lead for a few possessions before a 7-0 run gave the Buckeyes a 30-24 lead with three minutes left in the first half.
Austin Grandstaff hit a 3-pointer, Keita Bates-Diop scored on a driving layup and Daniel Giddens made a layup to account for the scoring.
The Mavericks scored 8 of the next 10 points, tying the game at 32 on Kaelon Wilson’s layup with 54 seconds to go before the break.
Daniel Giddens then powered in a shot off the glass with 37 seconds left to send Ohio State to the locker room with a 34-32 lead.
According to the UTA website, the Buckeyes won the first two games of the series with the Mavericks, the last game coming 41 years ago in 1974.
The Mavericks play their second “money” game of the season on Monday when they visit Memphis, which lost a close game to top-10 team Oklahoma this week.
On Tuesday night UTA had led Louisiana Tech by 10 points at halftime before falling 80-68.
Friday night’s game was shown on ESPN3 online.
UT Arlington (2-1): Neal 4-12 7-8 17, Charles 2-7 0-0 5, Jones 3-5 0-0 7, Hervey 5-14 7-8 18, Bilbao 3-6 3-4 9, Eubanks 0-2 0-0 0, Hawkins 1-3 0-0 2, Wilson 1-6 2-2 4, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Pallas 0-1 0-0 0, Pope 5-7 0-0 11. Totals 24-64 19-22 73.
Ohio St. (2-1): Tate 3-8 1-5 7, Loving 4-10 1-1 12, Lyle 5-10 4-9 15, Thompson 0-2 2-2 2, Bates-Diop 5-11 4-4 16, Grandstaff 1-2 0-0 3, Giddens 3-8 1-4 7, Harris 0-0 0-2 0, Williams 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 23-55 13-27 68.
Halftime—Ohio St. 34-32. 3-Point Goals—Texas-Arlington 6-23 (Neal 2-5, Pope 1-1, Jones 1-2, Charles 1-3, Hervey 1-5, Hawkins 0-1, Eubanks 0-1, Harris 0-1, Wilson 0-4), Ohio St. 9-23 (Loving 3-6, Williams 2-4, Bates-Diop 2-6, Grandstaff 1-2, Lyle 1-3, Tate 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Texas-Arlington 46 (Charles 9), Ohio St. 37 (Giddens 9). Assists—Texas-Arlington 9 (Neal 3), Ohio St. 12 (Lyle 8). Total Fouls—Texas-Arlington 24, Ohio St. 21. Technical—Giddens. A—12,312.