Mavs Make 13 Threes, Tied for 6th in Conference

UT Arlington (10-13, 6-6 Sun Belt) 68, Louisiana (6-15, 2-10 Sun Belt) 54

UTA played a very good game today after Thursday’s heartbreaking loss on a last-second shot against Louisiana. UT Arlington, who came into today’s  game ranked 11th of 12 teams in 3-point shooting in conference play, made 6 of 14 outside shots in the first half and 7 of 14 3s (13 of 28 overall, 46.4%) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks were without their second-leading scorer JD Williams, who suffered an ankle-ending injury against Louisiana last Saturday. UL-M now has only 2 conference wins, are winless on the road for the season (0-10) and have an 8-game losing streak in conference play.

UTA moved the ball around well, finding open shooters and finished the game with 20 assists. It seemed like every shot was within the flow of the offense. Sam Griffin finished with 17 points on 6-9 shooting, 4-7 from outside. Radshad Davis scored 15 points on 5-7 shooting, 4-4 from outside. Jabari Narcis scored 13 points, on 5-8 shooting, including 3-6 from outside. He also had an impressive dunk early in the first half.

Despite Thursday’s 1-point loss, the team has been playing very well over the last 2 or 3 weeks. A couple of wins next weekend could help UTA earn a better seed in the conference tournament.

Tonight’s game stats:

 12FinalFG3PTFT
Louisiana-Monroe 25295440.4%4-14 (28.6%)4-6 (66.7%)
UT Arlington35336847.3%13-28 (46.4%)3-6 (50%)

Key stats:

  • Louisiana-Monroe 4-14 3-point shooting, UTA 13-28.
  • UTA improves to 2-3 at home in conference play.
  • UTA has taken care of the ball very well over the last 2 games, committing only 5 turnovers today, and only 4 Thursday night.

Tournament seeding watch:

The top 10 teams compete in the tournament.
Saturday, March 7 (at campus sites)
Game 1 – No. 9 Seed at No. 8 Seed
Game 2 – No. 10 Seed at No. 7 Seed 

Conference standings:

  1. Little Rock 11-2
  2. Georgia State 8-4
  3. Georgia Southern 7-5
  4. Texas State 6-5
  5. Arkansas State 7-6
  6. App State 6-6
  7. UTA 6-6
  8. South Alabama 6-7
  9. Coastal Carolina 5-7
  10. Troy 5-8
  11. Louisiana 4-7
  12. LA-Monroe 2-10

The Mavs were 17-16 last year (12-6 in conference play) and lost to Georgia State in the Sun Belt Conference tournament final.

Up next:

The Mavs play at Appalachian State on Thursday, and at Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

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