ARLINGTON – Despite 23 points by Corey Allmond including a 7-of-14 performance from beyond the three point arc, Sam Houston State fell to Texas-Arlington 95-85 in a Southland Conference men’s basketball game at Texas Hall Saturday afternoon.
UTA (16-11, SLC 9-5) was led by Anthony Vereen with 22 points. Marquez Haynes added 19 points for the Mavericks.
Sam Houston State (16-11, SLC 10-4) had three other players in double figures with DeLuis Ramirez scoring 14, Lance Pevehouse 12 and Barkley Falkner 10.
The lead changed hands twice early in the first half with Sam Houston holding a three-point margin, 17-14, at the 13:06 mark. But UTA went on a 32-19 run to close the period with a 46-36 lead at intermission.
The closest Sam Houston came in the second half was four points, 61-57, after a lay-up by Ashton Mitchell with 11:37 to play.
Sam Houston out-rebounded the Mavericks 37-35. The Bearkats were led by Falkner with 11 rebounds. But UTA out-shot the Kats 62.3 percent (33-of-53) to 38.9 percent (28-of-72).
The Bearkats close out the regular season with two home contests Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Northwestern State and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Texas State-San Marcos.
The 2 p.m. start represents a time change as the game is under consideration as the Southland Conference TV wild-card game. Other time changes Saturday, March 7, include baseball moving to a 5 p.m. start and softball to 6 p.m.