ARLINGTON, Tex. – Kendall Lewis recorded his second double-double of the season, but App State men’s basketball fell 66-56 to UT Arlington on Thursday evening.
Lewis finished with a career-high 17 points, on a career-best 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) shooting, and a career-high tying 10 rebounds. He also had a double-double earlier this season at UNCG on Nov. 18, tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Justin Forrest reached double figures in scoring for the 11th consecutive game with 15 points and a game-high five assists.
UT Arlington (6-11, 2-4 SBC) drained five three-pointers in the first eight minutes to open a 19-13 lead. The Mavericks pushed their lead to double digits at 26-15, before App State (9-8, 3-3 SBC) used a basket from Lewis Jr. and Gregory to trim the deficit to seven at 26-17. UTA pushed its lead to as large as 12, but the Black and Gold scored the final four points of the opening half to trail 33-25 at the break.
In the second half, App State scored five consecutive points to pull within five at 37-32 with just under 16 minutes to play. The Mavericks extended their lead back to 11 points, but the Mountaineers responded with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 49-45 with 7:34 remaining. App State pulled within three at 55-52 with 3:49 left, only to see the Mavericks answer with a 9-2 run to open a 10-point lead and put the game away.
The Black and Gold finished 22-of-50 (44.0 percent) from the field, while UT Arlington went 22-of-55 (40.0 percent).
David Azore had a game-high 25 points for the Mavericks. Brian Warren added 16 points and Radshad Davis tallied 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
The Mountaineers will close out their road trip on Saturday at Texas State at 5 p.m. EST.
App State men’s basketball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan as its presenting sponsor for the 2019-20 season.