Texas-Arlington dispatches Arkansas State 77-50

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Johnny Hill scored 14 points to lead a balanced and overwhelming attack and Texas-Arlington dispatched Arkansas State 77-50 on Saturday.

Greg Gainey had 13 points for the Mavericks (8-6, 2-2 Sun Belt), Lonnie McClanahan added 12 and Kevin Hervey contributed 11 points as UTA shot 45 percent from the floor and was 23 of 29 from the line.

It was all Texas-Arlington in the first half, as Gainey nailed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for a 6-0 lead and later, a pair of free throws by Kaelon Wilson made it 30-9 and the Mavericks strolled into halftime up 39-19. Arkansas State (6-7, 1-3) was just 6 of 28 (21 percent) in the first half.

It didn’t get any better after intermission. PJ Hardwick’s jumper with 5:07 left pushed the lead over 30 and the Mavericks were able to cruise to the win.

Sean Gardner paced Arkansas State with 16 points.