It was a sluggish start for the the UT Arlington Mavericks, as the Boise State Broncos gave the Mavs their second straight loss in nonconference play, losing 64-46. The Mavs fall to 6-5 overall, while Boise State improved to 11-2.
The Mavericks shot just 33.3 percent from the floor on 16-48 shooting. The Broncos shot 48.9 percent (22-45), including 11-12 (52.4 percent) from 3-point territory.
The first half was full of fouls, with 16 being committed. Boise put the Mavericks in the bonus with 12:29 left to go in the first half.
Only four Mavericks scored from the field in the first half. The team was a paltry 4-19 from the field. Senior Jordan Reeves was 0-4 from the field in the first half. His only point was from a free throw made.
The Mavericks were only behind by eight points at the half. That quickly changed when Boise junior Jeff Elorriaga hit three consecutive three pointers to take a 52-26 lead. Elorriaga lead all scorers with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
“In both halves they hit early 3-pointers,” UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross said. “They hit two early in the second half. It’s hard to defend and play with the same intensity when you are down 12 points when you were just down 6. We have to play great defensively all game long. We have to grind games out.”
Senior Karol Grusecki, and Junior Brandon Edwards lead all Mavericks with nine points.
The Mavericks will resume WAC play Saturday against Louisiana Tech in the last game of a four-game homestand.
“Our backs are against the wall, this is a must-win game,” Cross said.