Hervey leads top seed UTA into Sun Belt semifinals
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conference player of the year Kevin Hervey scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead top seed UT Arlington to a 74-51 victory over No. 8 seed Coastal Carolina on Friday in the Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinals.
The Mavericks (25-7) will play the winner of No. 4 seed Texas State and 12th-seeded Louisiana-Monroe in a Saturday semifinal.
Jorge Bilbao added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jalen Jones 12 points.
Jaylen Shaw scored 14 points and Artur Labinowicz 12 for the Chanticleers (16-17).
An 8-0 run gave UTA the lead for good late in the first half and the Mavericks led 29-27 at the break.
Hervey strung together all three of his 3-pointers to give the Mavericks a 57-44 lead with four minutes remaining with UTA pulling away in the final 2½ minutes by scoring 15 straight points, 11 on free throws.
The teams split their regular-season matchups.