ARLINGTON, Texas — A last-second four-point play sank Arkansas State on Friday night. A late drought did the trick Saturday.
Texas-Arlington closed Saturday’s game on a 9-0 run to defeat ASU 64-56 in the regular-season finale. The Mavericks won in more dramatic fashion Friday as David Azore drilled a 3-pointer while being fouled with 1.1 left on the clock, adding the free throw to seal a 73-71 victory.
ASU led 56-55 before failing to score in the final 4:23 Saturday. The Red Wolves were led by Marquis Eaton with a game-high 15 points, while Norchad Omier narrowly missed his 14th double-double with nine points and a game-best 11 rebounds.
UTA (13-12, 9-8 Sun Belt) earned the No. 3 seed from the Sun Belt West while ASU (10-12, 7-8) will be the West No. 4 seed. The Red Wolves will play East No. 5 Georgia Southern (13-12, 7-9) in the first round of the Sun Belt tournament Friday in Pensacola, Fla., at 5 p.m.
The Mavs were able to turn a 35-33 halftime lead into a six-point advantage, 55-49, with 8:53 remaining before the Red Wolves put together a 7-0 run to go back ahead 56-55. However, ASU missed its final nine shots from the field.
Eaton was 8-of-8 from the field to score 20 points in Friday’s game, also adding six rebounds and seven assists. Omier finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Tennessee-Martin swept a rain-shortened doubleheader as the Red Wolves made their home debut Saturday. The Skyhawks won the first game 21-5 and took the second game 8-5 in five innings.
ASU outfielder Tyler Duncan had three hits and three RBIs in the first game, including a home run. Sky-Lar Culver drove in two runs. Culver had two hits, including a home run, in the second game.
The Red Wolves (0-3) host Murray State on Tuesday at 5 p.m.