Brian Warren scored 21 points and Andres Ibarguen added 12 points and seven rebounds for UT-Arlington, which used a 13-3 run over the last 5:37 to beat Georgia Southern, 67-58, in the Sun Belt Conference semifinals at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Saturday.
UTA, the No. 2 seed, saw its 30-22 halftime lead evaporate on a David-Lee Jones Jr. 3-pointer with 5:53 left in the game. That bucket put the Eagles up 55-54.
The Mavericks wouldn’t reclaim the lead until the 3:44 mark of the second half on an Andres Ibarguen layup, which gave UTA a 59-58 lead. The Eagles wouldn’t score the rest of the way.
David Azore converted a 3-point play and another free throw and Warren added four points to close the game out.
UTA will take on top-seed Georgia State in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Georgia State defeated No. 4 Texas State, 59-46, on Saturday. Georgia State swept UTA during the regular season, winning 63-58 on Jan. 3 and 77-71 on Jan. 26.