For the second straight season UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross will have to deal with his most productive player being lost for the season due to injury.
Friday afternoon the school announced that sophomore forward Kevin Hervey will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, with the injury being suffered just before the Mavericks’ win over Arkansas State Thursday night. Hervey currently leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest, so it goes without saying that this is a big hit for UT Arlington to take.
Without Hervey Thursday night the Mavericks started four guards in a 91-64 win over Arkansas State. Jorge Bilbao, the lone starting front court player, finished with 11 points, ten rebounds and seven assists. 6-foot-7 guard Nathan Hawkins and 6-foot-7 forward Faith Pope combined to play 26 minutes in the win, contributing a total of six points and three rebounds with Pope responsible for all three boards.
Chipping in on the glass were Kennedy Eubanks and Kaelon Wilson, with the former grabbing a team-high 11 boards and Wilson adding ten. They’ll have to continue to help on the glass moving forward with the team’s best rebounder lost for the season. Next up for UT Arlington is another Sun Belt team that made waves in non-conference play in Little Rock, which at 6-1 in league play is a half-game ahead of the 5-1 Mavericks atop the league standings.
Last season, UT Arlington lost Johnny Hill to a season-ending injury. Hill is using his final season of college eligibility at Purdue.