The time is going to come when the UT Arlington Mavericks will find a way to score points.
And when that day comes, the Mavericks will be dangerous.
Unfortunately, that time was not Monday afternoon in the first game of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida.
Drexel used a 14-2 run midway thru the second half to earn a 59-38 win over UT Arlington at Hertz Arena Monday afternoon.
Coletrane Washington had a game-high 22 points to lead the Dragons. Lamar Oden Jr. and Amari Williams were also in double figures for the Dragons with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Kyron Gibson led the Mavericks with 11 points. But, Gibson was the only UTA player in double figures as the Mavericks shot just 25.4 percent from the field.
Midway thru the second half, the game was still in doubt. Kyron Gibson’s 3-pointer with 8:28 to play cut the deficit to seven.
And that was the second to last bucket the Mavericks would get, At least over the next eight minutes or so.
And while Drexel didn’t shoot much better on Monday, the Dragons also didn’t go scoreless for eight minutes. Drexel used a 16-0 run following that Gibson 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 23 with 54 seconds to play.
UTA guard Pedro Castro finally broke the scoring drought with a layup with 37 seconds to play. But, the lack of any scoring over an 8-minute period did the Mavericks in.
What’s wild about the stat line is that the Mavericks forced 14 turnovers and had 16 points off those turnovers. The rebounding numbers were pretty even. Drexel held a 37-36 advantage. But, UTA had 14 offensive rebounds to Drexel’s eight.
Points in the paint was pretty even at 22-20 in favor of Drexel. Bench points went to the Mavericks. UTA had four blocks and three steals.
But, those numbers aren’t any good if you can’t score points. And unfortunately, the Mavericks can’t score points right now. UTA scored 43 points on Friday at home against Nevada. And then Monday’s 38 points, which is a season-low.
It is early. But the Mavericks have a quick turnaround as they will play the loser of Northern Kentucky and Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
Monday has not started off well for the WAC. The first two games of the day have resulted in losses. It was supposed to be an encore day after a really good weekend. Unfortunately, halfway thru the day, that hasn’t been the case.