March 8, 2012
Katy, Texas - UT Arlington's run in the Southland Conference Tournament came to an end Thursday as the Mavericks lost to McNeese State 92-72 in the tournament semifinals.
McNeese led from start to finish after hitting an early three-pointer as the loss ended the Mavs hopes of going to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season title.
"I have to give McNeese credit," UTA head coach Scott Cross said. "They hit a lot of big shots tonight."
The Cowboys (17-14) shot 54.2% for the game, which included an 11-of-24 effort three-point range. McNeese State also converted 13 UT Arlington turnovers into 24 points and also had 21 second chance points.
Patrick Richard led McNeese State with 20 points and was one of four McNeese State players in double figures as Dontae Cannon had 18 while Jeremie Mitchell added 17 and Kevin Hardy had 11.
McNeese State led from start to finish as they opened up an early 11-3 lead and then led 44-32 at the half.
The Mavericks cut into the lead early in the second half but a basket by Mitchell and a three-pointer by Richard put the Cowboys up by 15 and UT Arlington never got closer than 11 the remainder of the game. McNeese led by as many as 28 late in the game.
The Mavericks finished the game shooting just 37%.
The loss means the Mavericks will play in the NIT next week. The pairings for that game will be announced Sunday evening.
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