March 13, 2012
Seattle, Wash. - The Mavericks record-setting season has come to a close. But it was not without a fight as they lost 82-72 to Washington in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
UT Arlington fought throughout the game answering runs by the Huskies and the game was tied at the half after Bo Ingram tipped-in a missed shot as the first half buzzer sounded.
The game was close during the first part of the second half and the Mavs were down by just three points at 68-65 with 7:14 to play.
Washington then went on a 9-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to cement the wins as the Mavericks could get no closer than nine points the remainder of the game.
"Our guys fought the entire game and I'm proud of them," UTA head coach Scott Cross said. "Washington hit some big shots during that run and pulled just a little too far away from us. They are a talented team that won the Pac-12 title and they showed tonight why they were able to do that."
Washington shot 68% in the second half from floor as they made 13-of-19 field goals including 4-of-10 three-pointers.
As the Mavericks tried to stop the deciding run, they went cold from the field and were unable to make one last surge as they had done earlier in the game.
LaMarcus Reed led the Mavericks with 20 points in what would turn out to be the final game of his career. Bo Ingram added 17 for UT Arlington. Jordan Reves had seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
"You never want your career to end but they all do eventually," Reed said. "We played hard tonight and gave it our all. In the end it just came down to them making a few more shots than we did."
Reed finished his senior season scoring 589 points, the third-highest total in school history.
"He has been the man all season long for us and tonight was no exception," Cross said. "I'm sorry it is over for him. He has been great for the program in so many areas. We are going to miss him just like we will miss Bo and Bradley (Gay)."
The Mavericks outrebounded Washington 37-26 and grabbed 17 offensive boards, which they turned into 12 second chance points. UT Arlington also outscored the bigger Huskies 36-26 in points in the paint.
Washington took advantage of some UT Arlington miscues as they scored 19 points off of a modest 12 turnovers by the Mavericks.
Shaquille White-Miller had a season-high seven assists, four of which came in the second half as the Mavericks continued to push the Huskies.
The Huskies were led in scoring by Terrence Ross who had 23 points as he led four Washington players who scored in double figures.
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