Drew Charles and Kevin Hervey each scored 15 points in the 70-62 win.
UT Arlington returns to the road for Saturday night's nonconference tilt at UC Irvine.
UT Arlington snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 4-4 on the season.
The Mavericks fall to 3-3 on the season and 2-2 on the road after the 104-81 loss.
UT Arlington is 3-2 heading into Friday's visit to Montana State.
UT Arlington vs. Kentucky (USATSI)
Before UT Arlington (Illinois State)