College Sports

UTA men shake off poor start, rally past Arkansas-Little Rock

Lonnie McClanahan scored 21 points to lead UT Arlington in a 75-68 come-from-behind victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday night.

McClanahan led the Mavericks with 12 points in the opening half, but they trailed 39-28 after shooting below 40 percent and committing 12 turnovers. Midway through the second half, the score was tied at 48-all after the Trojans were held to just nine points. UTA made 14 of its 27 points in the final 10 minutes at the free-throw line to pull away.

“It was a gritty, gritty win,” UTA coach Scott Cross said. “… Our guys came out in the second half and made shots and started fighting. This may be one of the best wins of the season because at halftime it looked very bleak.”

McClanahan shot 5 of 8 from the floor and 11 of 13 on free throws. Erick Neal and Jamel Outler each added 11 points for the Mavericks (12-7, 6-3 Sun Belt Conference).

Roger Woods scored 14 points to lead UALR (7-12, 2-7), and Josh Hagins and James Reid had 12 points apiece.