2009-10 (As a Junior): Started all 30 games in his first season with the Trojans, ranking second on the team in both scoring and rebounding ... Averaged 11.2 points (29th in the Sun Belt) and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field ... Delivered the biggest moment of the season in UALR's 79-77 victory over Arkansas State (Feb. 4), hitting a game-winning buzzer beater from 42-feet away as time expired ... With the Trojans down 77-76, he corralled the rebound on a missed foul shot by ASU's JeJuan Brown with 3.9 seconds remaining and raced up the floor, letting his game winner fly just after passing midcourt ... Scored the final eight points against the Red Wolves and drew a pivotal charge against Trey Finn with 38.1 seconds remaining ... Reached double digits in points 18 times during the season, with three 20-point performances ... Scored a season-high 21 points in back-to-back games against Wright State (Dec. 22) and North Texas (Dec. 31) ... Went 7-of-11 from the field against the Raiders en route to his first 21-point performance ... Followed that up the next game by going 8-of-11 from the field against UNT while grabbing seven rebounds ... Paced the Trojans with 20 points at Florida International (Jan. 23), going 6-of-10 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 at the foul line ... Scored 19 points in UALR's second meeting with North Texas (Feb. 20) off a 6-of-10 effort from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 showing from beyond the arc ... Recorded his first career double-double with a 17-point, 11-rebound performance against Louisiana-Lafayette (Jan. 16) ... Collected five-or-more rebounds on 14 occasions ... Led the team with nine rebounds against Creighton (Nov. 22) ... Shot 73.3 percent from the free-throw line on the year, ranking second on the team with 96 made foul shots ... Averaged 11.9 points per game in conference play (25th in SBC) ... Drew a team-high nine charges on the season.
At Northeastern JC: Played two seasons at Northeastern Junior College for head coach Eddie Trenkle ... Averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a sophomore to help the Plainsmen to a 22-11 record and a spot in the Region IX Tournament semifinals ... Shot 45.7 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the free-throw line on the year ... Scored a team-high 23 points in NJC's 74-57 quarterfinal win over McCook in the quarterfinals (3/14) ... Poured in a season-high 24 points in a 75-67 win over Otero JC (2/17) ... Chipped in 22 points to lead the Plainsmen to an 84-70 victory against Eastern Wyoming College (2/27) ... Averaged 8.8 points per game and shot 48.4 percent from the field as a freshman to help NJC to a 30-4 record ... The Plainsmen advanced to the championship game of the Region IX Tournament his freshman year, losing to Eastern Wyoming College, 77-71, in double overtime ... Shot 48.4 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from three-point range as a freshman ... Ranked the No. 78 junior-college player in the country by Rivals.com entering his sophomore year ... Twice named to the Region IX All-Tournament Team.
Personal: Full name is Mario Alexander Garcia-Mendoza ... Born July 29, 1987 in El Fuerte, Mexico ... Son of Alvaro Garcia-Soto and Margarita Mendoza-Ramirez ... Has two brothers, Alvaro and Milton ... Attended UAS El Fuerte in Mexico ... Played two years with the Basketball Without Borders program in South America ... Plans to major in construction management.