March 7, 2013
DENVER, Colorado – A rare off performance doomed UT Arlington in Thursday night's 84-55 setback to Denver at Magness Arena.
The Mavericks saw their six-game Western Athletic Conference winning streak snapped in falling to 17-11 overall and 11-6 in league play. UT Arlington suffered its worst loss of the season and failed to break 60 points for the first time since Feb. 2.
Denver improved to 20-8 and 15-2 in sweeping the Mavericks during the regular season.
DU and UTA came into the game as the top two defensive teams in the WAC in terms of points allowed. The Pioneers lived up to that billing, while the Mavericks gave up their most points this season.
"You can't simulate what they do in practice, it would take months," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "They're so fast with the way they move and their offense is so precise. And we weren't quite as aggressive as we could have been. They picked us apart."
A flurry of turnovers and fouls by Mavericks led to an early 18-5 deficit. UT Arlington was playing from behind for the rest of the game and struggled to make any sustained push.
The Mavericks went into halftime down 43-24. UT Arlington had more turnovers (13) than field goals (8) in the first half. The Pioneers were shooting 63 percent at the break and enjoyed a 22-5 edge in points off turnovers.
The Mavericks finished with 22 turnovers leading to 40 Denver points. The Pioneers shot 60 percent for the game and had four players in double figures.
UT Arlington ends the regular season Saturday at New Mexico State. The Mavericks will open the WAC Tournament on March 14 in Las Vegas as the fourth seed.
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