Nov. 8, 2013
BOISE, Idaho – Experience wasn't on UT Arlington's side in a season-opening 116-87 setback Friday night to Boise State at Taco Bell Arena.
The Mavericks fell behind early and never recovered against a veteran and deep Broncos squad. Mountain West Conference member Boise State returned all five starters from its NCAA Tournament team last season and has been picked by many to return this season.
"They're unbelievable offensively as well as defensively," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We didn't play with a lot of toughness. I think that's where it all started."
UT Arlington had three first-time starters and a fourth who redshirted last season. Senior forward Brandon Edwards was the only member of the first team who played for the Mavericks in 2012-13.
Senior guard Reger Dowell led the Mavericks with 20 points in his first career game at UT Arlington. Dowell sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State.
Also making their first career starts in their first games for the Mavericks were junior forward Vincent Dillard and junior guard Lonnie McClanahan. Junior center Stuart Lagerson, who sat out last season redshirting, had one career start under his belt.
"These guys are capable of scoring points, but they have to do the little things it takes to win games," Cross said. "The only good thing about this one is we have a game on Tuesday."
Anthony Drmic paced the Broncos (1-0) with 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Ryan Watkins, Derrick Marks, Mikey Thompson and Dezmyn Trent also scored in double digits.
The Mavericks dropped to 7-1 in season openers under coach Scott Cross. Boise State is 3-0 all-time against UT Arlington.
The Broncos got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 10-2 and coaxing a timeout out of Cross. Dillard and Dowell knocked down 3-pointers after the break, cutting the Boise State lead to 13-8.
The Broncos quickly pushed the advantage past 20 and went into the locker room up 61-39. Drmic had 19 points at the half to lead BSU. Dowell had 13 for the Mavericks.
Boise State held a comfortable edge throughout the second half. The Mavericks shot 44 percent for the game, while BSU blistered the nets at a 58-percent clip. UT Arlington was outrebounded 45-26.
UT Arlington looks to even its record Tuesday night in the home opener at College Park against Samford. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with the radio broadcast on 1630 AM.
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