ARLINGTON, Texas — Johnny Hamilton celebrated his birthday by scoring 20 points while grabbing 13 rebounds as UT Arlington held off Coastal Carolina 87-80 to even its Sun Belt Conference record on Saturday night.
Davion Turner had a career-high 20 points as the Mavericks halted Coastal Carolina’s four-game win streak. Kevin Hervey added 15 points and Nathan Hawkins chipped in 11 with six assists and two steals for UTA (15-10, 6-6). Erick Neal, who finished with nine points, four assists and five steals became the first player in conference history to surpass 1,300 points, 700 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals.
Trailing 39-38 at the break, Neal drained a 3 to start the second half and Hamilton, who recorded his fifth double double, followed with a layup to take a 43-39 advantage and the Mavericks led the rest of the way.
Coastal Carolina stayed within striking distance, closing to 66-65 with 8:56 remaining. Hervey nailed a trey and the Mavericks pushed their lead to 75-67 after Hervey hit a jumper with 6:35 left.
Zac Cuthbertson led the Chanticleers (11-14, 5-7) with 15 points and 11 rebounds.