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UT Arlington scores big road win against Texas

A balanced scoring attack fueled the Mavericks’ upset

NCAA Basketball: Texas-Arlington at Memphis Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

UT Arlington might have scored its biggest win of the Scott Cross era.

Take it from the man himself:

The Mavericks beat Texas handily in Austin Tuesday night by a final score of 72-61.

UT Arlington started slow, scoring just six points in the first 11 minutes of the game, but took control just before halftime and never looked back. They carried a 30-27 lead into the break before blowing the game open in the second half.

Junior forward Kevin Hervey led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jorge Bilbao, Drew Charles and Jalen Jones all scored in double figures as well.

Defense was ultimately the difference as only three Longhorns scored more than five points, and Texas made just three of its 23 three-point attempts.

UT Arlington came into the season with high expectations and were tapped by many as favorites to win the Sun Belt. The Mavs had failed to live up to the hype after losses to Minnesota, Florida Gulf Coast and Arkansas, all games in which they held a half time lead.

Those losses seem to be in the rear view mirror now after a special win. Up next, the Mavs travel up I-35 to take on North Texas this Saturday.