PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Drew Charles scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help lead Texas-Arlington to an 86-75 win over Bradley in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
The Mavericks shot 60 percent from behind the arc and took their first double-digit lead of the night in the first half with six straight 3-pointers capped by a four-point play by Jamel Outler that made it 26-16. They then held off Bradley in the second half.
Outler finished with 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Kevin Hervey also hit three from long range, and finished with 13 points, as did Johnny Hill, who also had nine rebounds and five assists.
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Bradley was led by Omari Grier, who scored a career-high 33 points and tied a career-best seven 3-pointers. Warren Jones had 13 points for the Braves, who outscored the Mavericks 46-38 in the second half.