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Date Posted: Fri, January 21 2005, 8:53:55
Author: Duck
Subject: Re: "This is always a good one"...game preview from the Huntsville Item Online
In reply to: 91 's message, ""This is always a good one"...game preview from the Huntsville Item Online" on Thu, January 20 2005, 8:58:57

Yes, what could be better than leading 41-18 at half? The SH fans must love to see UTA at their place.

>This is always a good one
>By Jason Barfield/Sports Editor
>When the Bearkats and Mavericks hook up, it is usually
>a pretty entertaining basketball game. Sam Houston
>State head coach Bob Marlin doesn't expect anything
>different tonight when Texas-Arlington visits Johnson
>Coliseum for its only game against the Bearkats this
>In the last six years, the Kats hold a 6-5 advantage
>in the 11-game series with the Mavs taking the only
>meeting last year 81-53 in Arlington. Outside of that
>game, the series against the Mavs has provided Bearkat
>basketball fans some pretty enjoyable games.
>In 1998, the two teams played to triple overtime with
>the Mavs taking it 125-123. Two seasons later, the
>Kats won a double-overtime thriller 103-98 in the
>first round of the Southland Conference tournament. In
>2002, SHSU outlasted UTA 102-94 in a shootout at
>Johnson Coliseum. The last time the Mavs visited
>Huntsville, it was a much lower-scoring game, but just
>as competitive, with SHSU pulling out a 56-52 win in
>front of a Fox Sports Net television audience.
>"We have always had really interesting games with
>them, especially here," SHSU head coach Bob Marlin
>said. "We have had some really fun games with them and
>I don't expect tomorrow night to be any different."
>While some of the more memorable games have been high
>scoring, Marlin doesn't see it happening that way.
>"In the past, coach (Eddie) McCarter played fast, but
>he has slowed down," Marlin said. "This year he is
>playing to his strengths. They are not extremely deep
>and they don't have a lot of senior leadership, so he
>is playing a more slow-down type game and he is
>getting good results from it."
>For the Mavericks, this will be their fourth road game
>out of the first five in Southland Conference play.
>They enter the game 2-2 with road victories against
>Nicholls State and McNeese State.
>The go-to guy for the Mavs will be Steven Thomas, a
>6-5, 215-pound forward. Thomas averages 18.8 points
>per game, and is grabbing more than nine rebounds a
>game. In the Mavericks' win against McNeese on
>Saturday, Thomas scored 26 points.
>"Steven Thomas is one of the best players in our
>league," Marlin said. "He is a great player. He leads
>the league in scoring and is second in the league in
>rebounding and second in the league in field goal
>percentage. Wilder (Auguste) will start on him and
>Kelvin Williams will guard him some and so will Eddy
>With this being the only meeting between the two teams
>this season, there is a lot riding on the outcome of
>the game. The winner will have the edge in case there
>is a tie at the end of the season. Last year, three
>teams tied at the top of the league standings at 11-5,
>while four more finished 8-8.
>"All games are important and the race is going to come
>down to the last week of the year just like it always
>does," Marlin said. "When it comes down to it,
>Arlington will probably be right in the thick of it,
>just like we will. But also, just playing at home,
>this is one we need to win."
>The men's game is the second of a doubleheader at
>Johnson Coliseum and is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
>Jason Barfield is the sports editor of The Huntsville
>Item. He can be reached by email at
>jbarfield@itemonline.com or by phone at (936) 295-5407
>ext. 3019.

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