Game #9-524: Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners vs. Texas-Arlington MavericksMarch 15, 2013 11:30 pm
Las Vegas, NV
The second Friday semifinal of the WAC tournament matched two schools in their first seasons in the WAC, coming from the Southland. Fourth seeded UT-Arlington (18-12, 11-7 WAC) faced ninth-seeded UTSA (10-21, 3-14). The Mavericks advanced to this game with a Thursday 83-78 win over Utah State
; the Roadrunners beat San Jose State, 67-49 on Tuesday
, and top seed Louisiana Tech, 73-67 on Thursday evening
. The Mavericks swept the season series with the Roadrunners, winning an early January game in San Antonio, 75-67, before a 68-63 early February victory in Arlington.
Before the game, a quick look at the cheer squads from each school:
The captains met the officials at center court...and we were ready to go.
The Roadrunners won the opening tip, got a couple of offensive rebounds, and finally a hoop from forward Jeromie Hill. Arlington started in a man defense and a long-range offense designed to shoot UTSA out of their initial zone. After the teams traded superhoops (Karol Gruszecki for UTA, Hill for UTSA), the Mavericks started on a 23-6 run consuming the next twelve minutes, led by Jamel Outler's three superhoops and eleven total points. UTSA got only two field goals during the run: a two-pointer by shooting guard Kannon Burrage and a triple by forward Jordan Sims. The Roadrunners outscored the Mavericks by two in the final seven minutes of the half, making the halftime score UTA 33, UTSA 20.
Outler's eleven points off the bench led the game's scoring; Kevin Butler and Gruszecki each added five for the Mavericks. The Roadrunners were led by Sims' six points; Hill had five and Burrage four for UTSA. The low scoring period saw UTA outshoot the 'Runners 44% to 28%. A couple of interesting stats: points in the paint: UTA 12, UTSA 6; bench scoring, UTA 21, UTSA 2.
The second period started with two Gruszecki superhoops stretching the lead to nineteen. UTSA decided to continue to attempt to spread the Arlington defense. Superhoops by Burrage, Sims, Hill, and Sims again gradually decreased the lead to thirteen with eleven minutes left; guards Cameron Catlett (seven) and Kevin Butler kept the Maverick offense moving. Gruszecki made two more superhoops to help stretch Arlington's lead to twenty-one with seven minutes left; the Mavericks were able to respond to each Roadrunner score the rest of the half. Arlington coach Scott Cross cleared the bench with a nineteen point lead and one minute remaining. The final score was UTA 69, UTSA 53.
The fatigue from playing the third game in four days showed for UTSA, particularly in the second half. Jeromie Hill led the UTSA scoring with seventeen. Sims had twelve; Burrage was limited to nine. Michael Hale and Edrico McGregor scored six each; McGregor also grabbed nine rebounds. Gruszecki scored nineteen for the Mavericks, followed by Outler with thirteen and Butler with ten. The Mavericks made 51% of their field goal tries, while limiting UTSA to 35%. In the paint: UTA 34 points, UTSA 14. Off the bench: UTA 27 points, UTSA 6.
UTSA finished their one-season stint in the WAC without much success and heads to Conference USA for next year. UT-Arlington advanced to play in the Saturday WAC final against New Mexico State, winner of the night's first semifinal over Texas State.
TEXAS-ARLINGTON 69, TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 53
TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 10-22 (3-14) -- M. Hale III 2-10 1-2 6; J. Sims 4-9 0-0 12; K. Burrage 3-12 2-3 9; J. Hill 5-10 4-7 17; L. Wilkins 1-2 1-2 3; E. McGregor 3-4 0-1 6; H. Thomas 0-3 0-0 0; T. Wood 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 8-15 53.
TEXAS-ARLINGTON 19-12 (11-7) -- K. Butler 4-8 1-2 10; K. Gruszecki 7-16 0-0 19; C. Catlett 3-3 1-1 7; S. White-Miller 0-1 0-0 0; D. Charles 1-4 2-2 4; J. Reves 3-6 0-0 6; B. Edwards 3-5 0-0 6; J. Outler 4-8 2-2 13; G. Gainey 1-1 0-0 2; D. Rodgers 1-1 0-2 2; L. Davis 0-0 0-0 0; K. McElvain 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 6-9 69.
Three-point goals: UTSA 9-29 (J. Hill 3-5; J. Sims 4-9; T. Wood 0-1; M. Hale 1-6; K. Burrage 1-5; H. Thomas 0-3), UTA 9-21 (K. Butler 1-4; J. Outler 3-6; K. Gruszecki 5-10; D. Charles 0-1); Rebounds: UTSA 30 (E. McGregor 9), UTA 33 (K. Butler 7); Assists: UTSA 8 (M. Hale 4), UTA 17 (S. White-Miller 7); Total Fouls -- UTSA 10, UTA 17; Fouled Out: UTSA-None; UTA-None.
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