ARLINGTON, Texas – In a game of runs, the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men's basketball team fell to the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks 92-60 on Monday at Texas Hall.
Kevin Butler had two steals, two lay-ups and a three-pointer to propel the Mavericks (4-2) to an 11-2 run over the first 2:41 of the game. Jared Maree broke the run with a lay-up and Ruben Cabrera hit a three-pointer to bring the Broncs (2-6) within 11-7. The Mavericks responded with a 10-2 run to go up 21-9 on Jorge Redmon's three-pointer with 14:07 remaining. Seconds later, Aaron Urbanus hit a three-pointer to start a 16-4 run that saw the Broncs tie the game at 25-25 on a three-pointer by Nick Weiermiller with 8:15 to go. The Mavericks, however, scored the next 14 points while outscoring the Broncs 23-5 over the rest of the half to take a 48-30 lead.
The Mavericks opened the second half by scoring the first six points to go up 54-30. After a timeout, the Broncs went on a 17-6 run to pull within 60-47 on a three-pointer by Urbanus with 12:32 remaining, but the Mavericks went on a 26-3 run over the next 9:50 to put the game out of reach.
Urbanus finished with a season-high 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including a season-best 4-for-8 performance from behind the arc. Cabrera also scored a season-high 14 points to go with four rebounds, three of which were offensive. Keiondre Arkwright scored a season-high 11 points.
Weiermiller scored five points with three assists while hitting 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc. He also played 29 minutes to move into sixth place on the all-time UTPA men's basketball list with 2,629 minutes played, passing Eric Montalvo (2,625 minutes, 2001-05) and John Braxton (2,612 minutes, 1998-2001). Weiermiller needs to play 68 more minutes to pass Melvin Thomas (1988-90) for fifth place.
Butler led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting while also recording a game-high five steals.
The Broncs play their third of four-straight road games on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. when they visit the #2 Ohio State University Buckeyes.