Men's Basketball

Short-handed UTA men routed by 22 as Troy star hits 10 3-pointers

UTA guard Erick Neal, left, against Bradley earlier this season, scored a team-high 22 points Saturday in a 93-71 loss at Troy.
UTA guard Erick Neal, left, against Bradley earlier this season, scored a team-high 22 points Saturday in a 93-71 loss at Troy. Special to the Star-Telegram

Wesley Person scored a career-high 39 points with 10 3-pointers, Jordon Varnado added 24 and grabbed eight rebounds, and Troy beat UT Arlington 93-71 on Saturday.

Jeremy Hollimon scored 10 points and Kevin Baker had five assists for the Trojans (10-8, 2-2 Sun Belt), who made 17 of 31 from behind the arc (54.8 percent) and 33 of 56 from the floor (58.9 percent).

Person was 13 of 19 from the floor, 10 of 15 from behind the arc, and scored 20 points in the first half.

UTA junior forward Kevin Hervey missed the game because of a sore knee, the UTA website reported. Junior forward Julian Harris didn’t make the trip because of illness.

“We have to give Troy credit,” UTA coach Scott Cross said. “[They were] another team that shot absolutely lights out against us. We have to figure out a way to be better defensively,”

“In our guys’ defense. It is hard [to play without Hervey and Harris). We have been preparing all week to have Kevin there. And, we found out today that he was not going to be able to play. So, we had to throw a lot of guys into either different or expanded roles.

“But, there is no excuse for what we did defensively. Again, it was one of those nights. Person was incredible. Everything he shot went in.”

Varnado hit two layups and Troy opened the second half with a 9-3 run for a 55-39 lead, and then led by 16 on Person’s layup with 14:29 left.

The Mavericks closed to 69-60 on Drew Charles’ 3 with 7:17 left, but Person hit a 3 on both ends of an 11-2 run and Troy led 80-62 with 5:22 left.

Erick Neal scored 22 for the Mavericks (12-5, 2-2).

UTA returns to action at 2 p.m. Monday against South Alabama. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

This story includes material from The Associated Press and UTA website.

TROY 93, UT ARLINGTON 71

UT Arlington

36

35

71

Troy

46

47

93

UT Arlington

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Bilbao

20

2-5

3-4

5

4

7

Charles

25

2-8

2-2

1

2

7

Jones

30

3-9

2-2

4

3

8

Neal

32

7-14

5-7

2

3

22

Wilson

25

4-10

6-7

6

3

14

Pope

22

1-6

3-6

6

2

5

Hawkins

21

1-5

0-0

4

1

2

Kabadyundi

10

0-1

2-4

1

0

2

Kiris

7

2-3

0-1

2

2

4

Bryant

7

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Muirhead

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

22-61

23-33

31

21

71

Percentages: FG .361, FT .697. 3-Point Goals: 4-25, .160 (Neal 3-8, Charles 1-5, Pope 0-2, Wilson 0-2, Hawkins 0-3, Jones 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 7 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Kiris). Turnovers: 7 (Neal 4, Bilbao 2, Jones). Steals: 2 (Bryant, Hawkins). Technical Fouls: None.

Troy

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Davis

15

1-1

0-0

2

3

3

Varnado

31

10-16

2-4

8

3

24

Baker

17

3-7

0-0

2

4

9

Person

36

13-19

3-3

5

2

39

Walker

30

0-1

0-0

5

5

0

Hollimon

24

4-9

1-3

5

3

10

Miller

20

1-2

0-0

5

1

2

Peace

16

0-0

4-6

1

4

4

Hicks

10

1-1

0-0

1

2

2

Moreman

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

33-56

10-16

34

27

93

Percentages: FG .589, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 17-31, .548 (Person 10-15, Baker 3-7, Varnado 2-5, Davis 1-1, Hollimon 1-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 17 (7 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Walker). Turnovers: 17 (Varnado 4, Hollimon 3, Peace 3, Person 2, Walker 2, Baker, Davis, Hicks). Steals: 2 (Baker, Peace). Technical Fouls: None.

A—1,298 (5,200).

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