ARLINGTON, Texas- The UMHB men’s basketball team (2-0), ranked 12th in the country by D3hoops.com, faces a D-I opponent for the second straight game, battling UT-Arlington at the College Park Center. It is UTA’s first home game of the year, and is also the Mavericks’ homecoming game. Follow along for live updates of the contest.
Our game story from Arlington:
UMHB fought back from a 12-point deficit to cut the UTA lead to five by the half…Three-pointers have been the Cru’s key to success, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. Carson Hammond led UMHB from long-range, going 4-for-5 on three-point attempts. Braedyn Dawes added two additional threes…The success from three-point range has made up for a 55 percent first half shooting percentage from UTA…Also notable is the fact that UMHB is winning the battle on the boards, out rebounding UTA 22-21 at the half…The Cru also tallied 18 points off turnovers to the Mavericks’ 12…Hammond is the only Crusader in double figures in scoring, with 12 points. David Azore has a team-high 11 points for UTA.
Starting 5 for the Cru:
Same starting lineup as in Thursday’s game vs SFA
What you need to know:
–Last time out: UMHB has already played two games this week, defeating Southwestern 100-80 before falling at Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, 76-63. The matchup at SFA was the Cru’s first meeting of the season against a D-I opponent. The second meeting is set for tonight.
UTA lost to Oklahoma State 88-45 on Tuesday in the season-opener.
–Homecoming at UTA: Tonight’s matchup marks UTA’s first home game of the year, as well as the Mavericks’ homecoming game. It will also be Greg Young’s first contest as UTA’s head coach in Arlington. A great atmosphere is expected tonight and the matchup will be live on ESPN+.
–Team Leaders: Guard Josiah Johnson and forward Ty Prince pace the Crusaders on both ends of the floor, as Johnson had 34 points against Southwestern and another 10 at SFA. Prince added 23 in the season opener and a team-high 16 on Thursday.
UTA has been led by 6’6 guard Pedro Castro, who had a team-best 9 points against Oklahoma State, along with four rebounds and three blocks. David Azore and Nicholas Elame are two additional guards with height who will likely start against the Cru. UTA has an advantage with its perimeter height.