ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jalen Jones scored 21 points and led four players into double figure scoring as UT Arlington held off Texas Southern, 89-81 in the season opener Saturday night.

The Mavericks built their lead in the first half, taking a 45-38 lead into intermission.

The game was billed as a showcase for two of the top college forwards from the state of Texas: UT Arlington's Kevin Hervey and Texas Southern's Derrick Griffin. Hervey scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds to get the better of the matchup. Griffin finished with seven points and three boards in 35 minutes.

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