Utah Tech Falls To UT Arlington On Overtime Buzzer-Beater

Feb 25, 2023, 3:42 PM | Updated: 8:34 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Tech men’s basketball team fell in its final road game of the season thanks to a buzzer-beating shot in overtime by the UT Arlington Mavericks.

The Mavericks hosted the Trailblazers at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, February 25.

Utah Tech lost to UT Arlington, 71-69.

It was a close contest throughout the afternoon. Neither team led by more than seven points.

However, Utah Tech owned a two-point advantage at halftime, 35-33, and appeared to take control early in the second half. After the break, the Blazers went up by three possessions before the Mavericks responded with a run to send the game to overtime in the final minute of regulation.

In extra time, the Trailblazers looked to put the game away in the final seconds.

With six seconds to go in OT, Jacob Nicolds drove for a game-tying dunk. However, UT Arlington sprinted down the court and Aaron Cash made a layup as time expired to lift the Mavericks to victory.

The result handed Utah Tech its 12th loss in the last 15 contests.

The Trailblazers finished the game shooting 41.8 percent overall and 25.0 percent from three-point range. The Mavericks shot 45.9 percent from the field, including 42.3 percent from downtown.

Three Blazers scored in double figures. Nicolds led Utah Tech with 18 points on 7-11 field goals. Tanner Christensen posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Cameron Gooden poured in 17 points. The Blazers’ bench struggled and combined to score only six points.

Three UT Arlington players hit double-digits in scoring. Cash led the Mavericks with 17 points. Pedro Castro had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

With the loss, the Trailblazers fell to a record of 12-17, including 4-12 in Western Athletic Conference action.

RELATED: Cameron Gooden Carries Utah Tech To Road Win Over UT Rio Grande Valley

Utah Tech’s next game is at home against the Seattle University Redhawks on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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