UTA Closes in on Regular Season Sun Belt Title
UTA took another step toward the regular season Sun Belt title and teams continue to jockey for position for the conference tournament. Here are the scores from Saturday’s action.
UTA 86, SOUTH ALABAMA 75–UTA opened up a two game lead in the Sun Belt with three to play, beating South Alabama in Arlington Saturday night. The Mavericks (22-6, 12-3 Sun Belt) got 16 points from Erick Neal and a double-double from Kevin Hervey in the win. UTA has won ten of its last eleven games. Nick Stover led South Alabama (13-15, 6-9) with 16 points.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 72, ARKANSAS STATE 60–Ike Smith had 21 points and ten rebounds to lead the Eagles (18-11, 11-5) to the win. The Eagles took advantage of an ice-cold Red Wolves (19-9, 10-5) team that shot just 32 percent from the field, including just 4-23 from three point range. It was the first loss at home for Arkansas State this season. Devin Carter had 15 points for the Red Wolves.
GEORGIA STATE 71, LITTLE ROCK 54–The Panthers got 16 points from Devin Mitchell and pulled away from the Trojans (13-15, 4-11) in the second half. Georgia State (18-10, 11-5) led by just one point at the half but opened up an eight point lead and stretched the margin in the second half.
LOUISIANA 79, COASTAL CAROLINA 77–Frank Bartley celebrated his birthday by scoring 19 points, including the game-winning free throws with :17 left to give the Cajuns (17-11, 6-8) the road win. Coastal Carolina battled back from a 15 point deficit to take a two point lead twice in the second half, but the Cajuns used an 8-0 run late and never lost the lead. The Chanticleers (17-11, 7-8) were led by Jaylen Shaw with 22 points.
TEXAS STATE 63, TROY 59–The Bobcats hit free throws and got defensive stops late to snap the Trojans’ (16-13, 8-7) four game winning streak. Texas State (16-11, 9-6) was led by Kavin Gilder-Tilbury with 19 points. With the win, Texas State clinched their first winning season in more than a decade.
ULM 75, APPALACHIAN STATE 64–Travis Munnings scored 21 points and the Warhawks (8-20, 2-13) came back from a double digit deficit to get the win. ULM trailed by ten in the second half but a 17-4 run put them ahead for good. The Mountaineers (8-19, 3-13) were led by Ronshad Shabazz with 20 points.