Jan. 17, 2013
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington fell to 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference with Thursday night's 61-44 loss to Seattle University at College Parker Center.
The Mavericks (8-7) have dropped their last four home games. The Redhawks picked up their first league, improving to 1-5 in the WAC and 6-10 overall.
"Embarrassing game," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "I'm very disappointed in the way that our guys played. I can understand not having a great night offensively, but we let down defensively and didn’t play with the energy and intensity that we normally do."
UTA had a rough go on the offensive end to begin the game. The Mavericks failed to convert on their first 11 3-pointers before Drew Charles hit UTA’s first with 3:40 remaining in the first half. The Redhawks, however, hit 7 of 16 3-pointers in the first half and shot 53.8 percent from the field to extend their lead to as much as 20 points.
"Our guys struggled scoring early on and lost confidence and we couldn’t hit shots," Cross said. "It’s a bad formula when you can’t score around the basket can you can’t hit shots and they are hitting shots on top of it. It’s a bad recipe for winning a basketball game."
Kevin Butler was able to convert an offensive rebound with 1:57 in the half to avoid the team’s lowest scoring half of the season – 17 points at Oklahoma State on Dec. 19 and Denver on Dec. 31.
The Redhawks extended their lead late in the half by hitting two consecutive 3-pointers to take at 36-20 advantage into the break.
The struggle continued beyond the 3-point line for the Mavs to start the second half. UTA missed its first 10 attempts but found some rhythm inside. The Mavs were able to knock down four of their first eight shots, with Butler hitting two and Cameron Catlett and Brandon Edwards each adding a bucket.
Seattle responded to the UTA pressure as the Mavs got to within 14 points. The Redhawks scored six consecutive points and added another 10-0 run shortly after.
"I’ve got to do a lot of soul searching to find out what direction I need to get us in," Cross said. "For some reason we slipped back to the way we played against Denver and Louisiana Tech. "
UT Arlington looks to get on track at home Saturday at 7 p.m. with Idaho (6-10, 2-4) visiting College Park Center.
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