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UT Arlington men wallop Troy to continue historic start

Jalen Jones (10), guarding Bradley’s Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye earlier this season, was 5-8 on 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 21 points against Troy.
Jalen Jones (10), guarding Bradley’s Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye earlier this season, was 5-8 on 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 21 points against Troy. Special to the Star-Telegram

Kevin Hervey scored 22 points and Jalen Jones had a career-high 21 as UT Arlington roared to a 90-63 victory over Troy in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Mavericks, who improved to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in the Sun Belt by overcoming a double-digit deficit on the road for the second consecutive game.

It is UTA’s longest winning streak in four years.

It seems that’s been a recurring theme with us, the last 30 minutes of the game had been good.

UTA men’s coach Scott Cross

Jalen Jones, a junior from Cedar Hill, was 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-8 on 3-point attempts. The junior college transfer’s previous best scoring total was 15 in a win at Memphis earlier this season.

Hervey grabbed seven rebounds to go with his game-high 22 points. Jorge Bilbao had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his third career double-double. Erick Neal dished out five of UTA’s 20 assists.

The Mavericks fell behind early, trailing by as much as 29-14 as the Trojans came out steaming from long distance. Troy hit seven of its first 11 3-point tries.

UTA stormed back with a 3-point barrage that reversed the game’s tide.

The Mavericks would go into halftime leading 40-33 behind 15 points from Jones.

“Our guys really got in the trenches there the last 30 minutes of the game,” UTA coach Scott Cross said. “It seems that’s been a recurring theme with us, the last 30 minutes of the game has been good.”

UTA carried over momentum into the second half with a 12-0 run right out of the gate. The Mavs would continue to pile it on, outscoring Troy 57-17 over a 20-minute span to take a 71-46 lead.

Jordan Varnado led the Trojans (5-11, 0-5) with 19 points. Troy’s Wesley Person, averaging a team-high 17.7 points coming in, was held to six.

TEXAS-ARLINGTON (13-2): Hervey 8-17 1-2 22, Bilbao 5-6 0-0 10, Neal 3-7 0-0 7, Charles 3-9 0-0 8, Jones 7-10 2-2 21, Eubanks 0-5 0-0 0, Hawkins 1-2 0-0 2, Wilson 2-6 1-2 5, Clarke 3-6 2-2 9, Pallas 2-2 0-0 4, Pope 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-72 6-8 90.

TROY (5-11): Walton III 2-8 1-2 5, Varnado 7-16 2-4 19, Peace 1-3 4-4 6, Hollimon 2-10 3-4 9, Person 2-11 0-0 6, Ford 1-1 0-0 3, Miller 1-7 4-4 6, Moravek 2-7 0-0 6, Hopkins 0-1 1-3 1, Ottman 0-0 0-0 0, Ariri 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-66 15-21 63.

Halftime—Texas-Arlington 40-33. 3-Point Goals—Texas-Arlington 14-35 (Hervey 5-8, Jones 5-8, Charles 2-6, Clarke 1-3, Neal 1-4, Bilbao 0-1, Hawkins 0-1, Wilson 0-2, Eubanks 0-2), Troy 10-32 (Varnado 3-5, Moravek 2-6, Hollimon 2-7, Person 2-10, Ford 1-1, Miller 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Texas-Arlington 46 (Bilbao 10), Troy 40 (Varnado 8). Assists—Texas-Arlington 20 (Neal 5), Troy 12 (Miller 4). Total Fouls—Texas-Arlington 15, Troy 14. Technical—Bilbao. A—1,209.

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