After UT Arlington opened the game with a 5-0 run, Eric Mika knocked down a jumper to start the scoring for BYU. A jumper by Davin Guinn and two baskets from Yoeli Childs kept the Cougars within striking distance and UTA built a 13-8 lead with 17:16 remaining in the half. Nick Emery beat his man to score his first basket of the night and added a 3-pointer a few possesions later and BYU cut the lead to two. The teams traded baskets before Mika threw down a fast break dunk and added a pair of free throws to tie the score at 19 at the 12:54 mark.
The Mavericks knocked down a basket from behind the arc, but TJ Haws answered for BYU with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 22. The Mavericks scored once more to retake the lead but Mika drew a foul on the following possesion and knocked down a pair of free throws to even the game once again. A quick 8-0 run put UTA ahead 32-24 with 10:10 remaining in the half.
The Cougars fought back with a 9-2 run that included made free throws from Mika and Emery and BYU trailed 34-33 at the nine minute mark. Emery continued the scoring to keep BYU close and hit a long ball to tie the game at 38 with 7:31 left in the half. The Mavericks answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and a 6-4 run despite a pair of layups from Mika to take a 44-42 lead. TJ Haws scored next for BYU with a 3-point basket from long range and a pair of free throws from Mika tied the score at 47 with 4:16 to go before half time.
The Mavericks knocked down two 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the half to put together a 14-7 run and the teams headed into the break with UT Arlington leading 62-55.