Men's Basketball

UTA men hope to contain Georgia State’s high-scoring duo on road

UTA junior guard Johnny Hill, right, during a preseason practice, averages a team-high 11.2 points per game and is the Mavericks’ shut-down defender.
UTA junior guard Johnny Hill, right, during a preseason practice, averages a team-high 11.2 points per game and is the Mavericks’ shut-down defender. Star-Telegram

The UT Arlington men’s basketball team didn’t let a two-game skid snowball into a troubling trend when the Mavericks beat Arkansas State by 27 points on Saturday.

But with a 6 p.m. date with Georgia State set for Thursday at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, the challenge becomes more difficult against one of the most dangerous teams in the Sun Belt.

The Panthers (10-6, 3-2 Sun Belt) feature a pair of top-flight scorers in R.J. Hunter (21.1 ppg) and Ryan Harrow (19.9 ppg) and entered the season as the team to beat in the conference. But they’ve gone through a trying start to their conference slate as well after dropping a pair last week.

The balanced Mavericks (9-6, 3-2) average 72.3 points per game despite Johnny Hill, their leading scorer, averaging only 11.2.

Hill also is the go-to defensive weapon who likely will be tasked with shadowing Hunter. Hill has been shutting down top scorers all season. He held Georgia Southern’s Jelani Hewitt (20.2 ppg) and Arkansas State’s Anthony Livingston (15.1 ppg) to six points.

UTA men at

Georgia State

6 p.m. Thursday, Atlanta

Radio: KKGM/1630 AM

Records: UTA 9-6, 3-2;

GSU 10-6, 3-2

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