Davis does his part with all-around outing, but ugly first half dooms UTA at home

UTA junior guard Radshad Davis
UTA junior guard Radshad Davis Special to the Star-Telegram

Allowing 46 points in one 20-minute half is never a good thing.

But that’s especially true if you combat that with only 21 points.

That was the case for UT-Arlington on Thursday as the Mavs found themselves down 25 points to Louisiana-Lafayette at College Park Center.

UTA did a much better job defensively in the second half, but it was far too little and too late in a 76-64 loss.

Radshad Davis led UTA (12-15, 8-6 Sun Belt) with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He and David Azore (13 points) were the only Mavs in double-figures.

Brian Warren, who came in averaging 14.6 ppg, only had seven points, while Edric Dennis, who averaged 14.4 ppg, only had eight points on 3 of 13 shooting.

Conversely, four Ragin Cajuns reached double-digit points, led by Jerekius Davis’ 19 points, which were 10 points per game above his average.

ULL (16-10, 7-6) was 12 of 29 from 3-point land, while UTA hit only 5 of 20.

This was UTA’s third-straight loss after previously winning 8 of 9.

The Mavericks will host Louisiana-Monroe on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., before embarking on a two-game road trip at South Alabama and Troy.

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Sports editor William Wilkerson is back for his second stint with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He first worked at the paper after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He most recently was the Executive Editor of College-Team Sites for CBS Interactive/247Sports and has also worked at ESPN, Scout.com and the Austin American-Statesman.