UT-Arlington breaks away from Coastal Carolina in 2nd half

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Kevin Hervey scored 16 points, leading six players into double figures as Texas-Arlington shot the lights out after halftime to defeat Coastal Carolina 90-69 in a Sun Belt Conference opener on Saturday.

The Mavericks (11-3) broke a 35-all halftime tie on a 3-pointer from Jalen Jones, never trailed again, led by as many as 25 and made 57 percent of their shots in the second half. Besides Hervey, Erick Neal scored 13 points, Drew Charles 12, Kaelon Wilson 11 and Jorge Bilbao and Nathan Hawkins 10 each.

Bilbao had a double-double with 10 rebounds as well and Neal notched a double-double with 11 of UTA’s 18 assists. Neal and Charles each hit four 3-pointers as UTA won its 10th straight.

Colton Ray-St Cyr led the Chanticleers, who were making their Sun Belt debut, with a career-high 22 points and Jaylen Shaw added 18.

Texas Arlington turned 17 turnovers into 18 points and outscored the Chanticleers 30-18 in the paint.