ARLINGTON, Texas -- One team is hot; the other is most definitely not.
Kevin Butler scored 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting including five 3-pointers and Texas-Arlington defeated Utah State 61-46 on Saturday night.
The points total was a season low for Stew Morrill's Aggies.
Texas-Arlington (17-10, 11-5 WAC) led 28-22 at halftime but used a 17-6 run to begin the second half capped off by Greg Gainey's fast break lay-up to give the Mavericks their largest lead of the game and a 45-28 lead with 12:32 to go.
Karol Gruszecki scored 14 points and Cameron Catlett had nine points, six assists and four rebounds for Texas-Arlington, which shot 40.7 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers.
"It was a great all-around performance by our guys," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "The thing I'm most happy is that our four seniors got to go out with the victory. I was most conserned about that and our guys going out and playing with confidence."
Marcel Davis led Utah State (19-9, 9-7) with 15 points, TeNale Roland had 12 points and six rebounds and Jarred Shaw ended the night with 11 points and eight rebounds. The Aggies shot only 30.4 percent from the floor and had 16 turnovers in their first trip to Arlington in program history. Top scorer Seth Butterfield was held out of the game with an unspecified injury.
Texas-Arlington has won nine of its last 11 contests. The streak began with a win at Logan a month ago.
The Aggies now return home to prepare for Texas State and UTSA, then will prepare for the upcoming WAC tournament, USU's final appearance.
* CHICAGO STATE AT UTAH VALLEY: At Orem, Jason Johnson scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed five rebounds to lead Utah Valley past Chicago State.
Tied at 47 with 11:21 remaining in the game, Utah Valley (14-16, 3-5 Great West) used a 21-5 run over the next 6 minutes capped off by a Ben Aird jumper which gave the Wolverines a 68-52 lead and they never looked back.
Aird finished the night with 23 points including a 7 for 9 mark from the free-throw line and grabbed eight rebounds. Nick Thompson scored only five points for Utah Valley, but grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists.
Jamere Dismukes led Chicago State (8-21, 2-5) with 25 points and six assists. Nate Duhon had 21 points for the Cougars, which shot 50.9 percent from the field and hit nine 3-pointers.
Chicago State scored 25 points off 15 Utah Valley turnovers and outscored the Wolverines' bench 35-9.