Mavericks defeat Cougars 105-89 in first round of NIT | BYU Cougar Club

Mavericks defeat Cougars 105-89 in first round of NIT

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook on March 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

UT Arlington opened the second half with two scores to extend the lead to 12 and BYU trailed 67-56. TJ Haws sank a 3-pointer at the 18:02 mark for the Cougars' first score of the half to cut the lead down to nine. The Mavericks went on a 7-1 run before Eric Mika sank a pair of free throws and the Mavericks held a 76-65 lead at the 13:32 mark. On the following UTA possesion, Nick Emery came up with a steal and knocked down a three in transition, cutting UTA's lead to eight and bringing fans to their feet.

The Mavericks pushed the lead back out to 13 after a 7-2 run and led 83-70 with 11:08 remaining. After another basket by UTA, Emery knocked down a 3-pointer and hit a free-throw to complete a four-point play and BYU trailed 85-74 at the 8:44 mark. A pair of free throws from Yoeli Childs cut the lead to nine but the Mavericks answered with two baskets to pull ahead 89-76. The Mavericks then went on a 13-3 run and hit the century mark to take a 102-79 lead. 

With 2:26 left in the contest, Colby Leifson knocked down a 3-point basket. On the next posession, Leifson converted the first of two free throws before knocking down another long ball and the Cougars trailed 102-86. After the Mavericks responded with a deep ball of their own, Leifson made another 3-point shot for his tenth point in the final two and a half minutes and the Cougars fell 105-89.