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Despite scoring the first 12 points of the game and holding the Eagles without a field goal for the first five minutes, the Mavs needed a driving layup from Lonnie McClanahan with 14 seconds left to escape with a win over Georgia Southern in their Sun Belt opener at the College Park Center.
Getting a layup to win the game had a touch of irony, as UTA spent much of the game once again needing to rely on three-point shooting. In fact, both teams combined for 46 three-point attempts; the Mavs might not have had a chance except that Georgia Southern only made five shots from that range.
UTA managed to endure allowing 19 second chance points and 30 points in the paint. That inside scoring allowed the Eagles to rally from down 10 points to take a 61-60 lead on an Eric Ferguson layup with 26 seconds to, beforeMcClanahan came to the Mavs’ rescue.


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