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Injury-plagued UTA survives one battle


The schedule may get easier for the UTA Mavericks down the stretch, but things are still looking tougher.

Fortunately, for one night, the Mavs were able to hold their own. With Greg Gainey and Lonnie McClanahan combining for 40 points, UTA used a 49-point second half to power away from Appalachian State 81-68 at the College Park Center.

They’re going to need more performances like that with a team that has become depleted very quickly. The Mavs, who were once deep at point guard, have suddenly become very thin as both Johnny Hill and Drew Charles are out for the rest of the season Hill is having surgery on his wrist while Charles has suffered a broken hand.

Charles may be the biggest loss for Scott Cross. The redshirt sophomore was not only the Sun Belt’s best three-point shooter but was essentially the floor general on defense.

This is likely going to mean even more minutes for freshman Erick Neal. The Dallas Lincoln product has shown flashes of being a great shooter and ballhandler, but it will be wait-and-see if he can show consistency at this young point of his collegiate career – especially on defense, where Cross will want to see it the most.


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