Men's Basketball

UTA men swamped by Gulf Coast’s second-half offensive wave

Coach Scott Cross and his UT Arlington Mavericks couldn’t stem the tide of Florida Gulf Coast’s hot-shooting second half Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Coach Scott Cross and his UT Arlington Mavericks couldn’t stem the tide of Florida Gulf Coast’s hot-shooting second half Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla. AP

Zach Johnson and Brandon Goodwin each scored 24 points and Florida Gulf Coast roared back from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat UT-Arlington 85-72 on Wednesday night.

Goodwin hit nine of his 13 shots and all five free throws while Johnson made 4 3-pointers and 8 of 16 total shots. Overall, the Eagles (1-1) shot 56 percent from the field.

Kaelon Wilson nailed a 3 midway through the first half for UT Arlington, sparking a 29-15 stretch that saw their lead swell as high as 44-28.

The Mavericks led 44-31 at the break.

But the Eagles quickly blitzed back, going on a 17-2 run early in the second half, capped by a Goodwin layup to tie it at 48. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Johnson five minutes later broke a 52-52 tie and Florida Gulf Coast led the rest of the way.

Kevin Hervey scored 13 to lead UT-Arlington (1-2).

Texas-Arlington

44

28

72

Florida Gulf Coast

31

54

85

TEXAS-ARLINGTON (1-2)

Bilbao 4-8 1-4 9, Pope 3-5 0-0 6, Charles 4-9 0-0 10, Jones 5-9 0-1 11, Neal 3-7 0-0 8, Harris 1-2 5-6 7, Hervey 5-16 1-1 13, Kiris 0-0 0-0 0, Kabadyundi 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 1-2 0-2 3, Bryant 0-1 0-0 0, Hawkins 2-2 0-2 5. Totals 28-62 7-16 72.

FLORIDA GULF COAST (1-1)

Morant 4-4 2-4 10, Scott 0-0 1-2 1, Goodwin 9-13 5-5 24, Terrell 3-7 1-2 9, Johnson 8-16 4-5 24, Mickle 0-1 0-0 0, Simmons 1-3 3-3 5, Reid 0-3 3-3 3, Tucker 3-3 2-4 9. Totals 28-50 21-28 85.

3-Point Goals–Texas-Arlington 9-28 (Charles 2-5, Neal 2-5, Hervey 2-10, Hawkins 1-1, Wilson 1-2, Jones 1-4, Pope 0-1), Florida Gulf Coast 8-20 (Johnson 4-8, Terrell 2-4, Tucker 1-1, Goodwin 1-3, Mickle 0-1, Reid 0-3). Fouled Out–Pope. Rebounds–Texas-Arlington 23 (Hervey 5), Florida Gulf Coast 29 (Morant 8). Assists–Texas-Arlington 14 (Neal 7), Florida Gulf Coast 12 (Johnson 3). Total Fouls–Texas-Arlington 22, Florida Gulf Coast 18. A–4,415 (4,633).

UTA women 71, Western Kentucky 68

A layup by Cierra Johnson and two free throws by Miranda LeJune inside the game’s final minute pushed the UT Arlington women to a 71-68 road victory over Western Kentucky after the Mavericks trailed much of the game by double digits.

The Hilltoppers (1-1), who stormed to a 17-point lead late in the first quarter, had a final shot at a game-tying 3-pointer but missed. UTA’s bench outscored the hosts 28-9.

The victory improves UTA to 2-0 on the season and was a special treat for coach Krista Gerlich, who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.

Four Mavericks reached double figures with Christina Devers leading with 15 points, Johnson and Rebekah VanDijk contributing 14 and Breck Clark adding 10, including a pair of fourth quarter 3-pointers. VanDijk, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, had game-highs with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

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