Men's Basketball

Jalen Jones giving UT Arlington added scoring punch

UTA guard Jalen Jones (10), shown in action earlier this season, had a career night in the Mavericks’ comeback victory against Troy.
UTA guard Jalen Jones (10), shown in action earlier this season, had a career night in the Mavericks’ comeback victory against Troy. Special to the Star-Telegram

The final score of UT Arlington’s 90-63 road victory over Troy on Thursday would leave one hard-pressed to believe the Mavericks trailed by 15 points late in the first half.

The Mavericks (13-2, 4-0 Sun Belt) erased that deficit convincingly with a 57-17 outburst that resulted in their eighth consecutive victory, a streak they hope to extend in Saturday afternoon’s showdown with South Alabama (6-10, 1-4).

He’s everything I’m looking for in a player. He’s tough, plays hard, coachable, he can rebound and he’s a confident player.

UTA coach Scott Cross on Jalen Jones

Kevin Hervey and Jalen Jones led the charge, combining for 43 points and 10 3-pointers. Jones, a junior guard who averages 11.1 points, hit a career-high 21 with five 3-pointers.

Coach Scott Cross said Jones is a perfect complement to the 1-2 scoring punch provided by sophomores Hervey and Erick Neal.

After leading District 8-5A in scoring as a senior at Cedar Hill in 2012-13, Jones averaged 13 points as McLennan Community College went 28-3 and finished seventh in the 2013-14 NJCAA final poll.

“He’s everything I’m looking for in a player,” Cross said. “He’s tough, plays hard, coachable, he can rebound and he’s a confident player.”

UTA at South Alabama

4:05 p.m., Saturday

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