Jalen Jones and Kevin Harvey each scored 20 points and Texas-Arlington pulled away from Arkansas-Little Rock in the second half to win 71-55 on Monday night and seize sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Mavericks (19-6, 9-3) entered the night a half-game behind Arkansas State, Georgia State, and Georgian Southern, all of whom lost on Monday.
Both Jones and Harvey finished 7 of 11 from the field. Kaelon Wilson added 13 points for UT-Arlington, who led by just one at halftime and two with 11:35 to go before cruising to the finish.
A Jones jumper capped a 10-1 Mavericks run, which extended their lead to double-digits at 57-46. Two free throws by Marcus Johnson Jr. cut the UALR deficit back to seven, but a Harvey 3 extended the gap back to 10.
Johnson led the Trojans (13-13, 4-9) with 14 points.
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