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ARLINGTON – This was exactly the type of game Scott Cross’ team needed in more ways than one.
Danny Kaspar’s squad completely took the Mavericks out of their game, as they couldn’t make the alley-oops and the three-pointers were not falling like they usually could at the College Park Center.
And yet the Mavs still found a way to gut out a fierce win over Texas State, moving ahead of the Bobcats in the Sun Belt standings in the process.
In a game so physical that multiple UTA players had to come out at some points to have blood wiped out of their uniforms, the Mavs did not back down from the Bobcats. Lonnie McClanahan attacked the basket with his usual fearlessness, and Greg Gainey battled for offensive rebounds and putbacks to lead the Mavs with 12 points.
It hasn’t been often that UTA has won a game this year shooting something like 26 percent from three-point range. It was also nerve-racking that they only shot 59 percent from the free throw line in the second half.
But they made those shots when it counted, as they saw Texas State tie the game three times and tale the lead four times in the second half, but the Bobcats never led by more than one point.
And their defense, shots and free throws all came through in the end, outscoring the Bobcats 11-1 in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

TCU may have a win in the Big 12 now, but it’s still the Big 12, and monday night in FOrt Worth was not like Saturday in Lubbock.
After getting that win against another winless-in-conference team in Texas Tech, the Frogs came back to the Wilkerson-Greines Center and proceeded to be humbled by No. 20 Texas, as four Longhorns scored in double figures and the Frogs were held to 33 percent shooting.


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