Men's Basketball

UT Arlington men aim to bounce back against North Texas

UTA guard Drew Charles, center, drives to the basket against Texas center Cameron Ridley during the first half on Tuesday.
UTA guard Drew Charles, center, drives to the basket against Texas center Cameron Ridley during the first half on Tuesday. AP

Regardless of the missed 3-pointer call in Tuesday’s loss at Texas, UT Arlington didn’t do itself any favors by missing 24 shots from long range.

The Mavericks thought they had found their offensive groove after making 10 3-pointers Sunday at Rice, but the Longhorns’ height on the perimeter made it difficult to find breathing room outside.

Lucky for the Mavericks, they get another chance to get back on track with the revival of their local rivalry with North Texas at 7 p.m. Thursday at the College Park Center.

According to UTA coach Scott Cross, the biggest thing his team can do to start making shots is to keep moving the ball around. They did that in the first half Tuesday night and led the Longhorns by 10 at one point. But as things got tighter, his team tried to do too much.

“A couple of guys were stressing and wanting to score and make big plays,” Cross said. “You can’t do that. You have to let the game come to you.”

The Mavericks may have talent, but a 25.5 shooting percentage from 3-point range isn’t good enough.

UTA (5-2) has more offensive rebounds than any team in the nation, an impressive feat for a team that doesn’t have a player taller than 6-foot-8. However, Kevin Hervey has four consecutive double-doubles and is one of the top rebounders in the Sun Belt Conference.

North Texas (2-4) is looking for its first victory over an NCAA Division I team this season. After victories against Jarvis Christian and Texas College, the Mean Green have lost four straight games. North Texas will look to play at a deliberate pace and force UTA to make the most of each possession.

UTA men vs. North Texas

7 p.m. Thursday

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