Jamel Outler scored 11 points and Jorge Bilbao recorded his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds but the UT Arlington men’s basketball dropped its regular-season finale with a 72-60 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday.
UTA opened the game with a 7-0 run and the Mavericks never trailed on their way to a 27-26 halftime lead. The Mavericks’ defense held the Mountaineers to 29.6 percent shooting and dominated under the basket by outscoring Appalachian State 18-4 in the paint in the first half.
The Mavericks’ fortunes would change in the second half.
Appalachian State (12-17, 9-11 Sun Belt) shot 62.5 percent in the second half and outscored the Mavericks 46-33 to seal the win.
The Mavericks connected on 12 of 28 shots (42.9 percent) in the second half but could get anything going from 3-point range, going 3 for 15 including 1 for 8 in the second half.
Adding to UTA’s troubles, Bilbao and leading scorer Lonnie McClanahan fouled out in the second half. McClanahan finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Mavericks enter the Sun Belt Championship as the fifth seed and will play No. 8 seed Texas State (13-16, 7-13) at 5 p.m. Thursday. UTA swept the Bobcats this season.