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Finally the UTA Mavericks seem to be playing the way Scott Cross wants them to play – tough late and not quitting when things look bad.

Another strong second half vault the Mavs, turning a 39-28 halftime deficit into a 75-68 win over UALR in Little Rock.

“Our guys came out in the second half and made shot and started fighting,” Cross said. “This may be one of the best wins of the season because at halftime it looked very bleak.” 
UTA has been playing much better in the second half of late, but this game took it to another level. The Mavs shot 54 percent while holding Little Rock to less than 37 percent in the second half to outscore them 47-29 after halftime. Erick Neal, Drew Charles and Lonnie McClanahan combined for 29 points in the second frame.

The Mavs needed all of them and more with Johnny Hill sitting out the game with an injured hand.

They did it with effort, out-rebounding the Trojans 22-12 in the second half and outscoring them 9-2 on second chance points.

It was what they needed to keep pace in the competitive Sun Belt Conference, as the Mavs are still just a half game out of first behind Georgia Southern. They have a chance to put some distance behind them and the pack as they face a Georgia State team the are currently tied with Thursday at the College Park Center.


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