BYU commits 20 turnovers in season-ending loss to UT-Arlington

Despite Eric Mika's 29 points, Cougars lose in first round of NIT, 105-89

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - The BYU basketball season ended with a whimper in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Drew Charles made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points and UT-Arlington beat BYU 105-89 on Wednesday night at the Marriott Center.

Kaelon Wilson and Kevin Hervey added 20 points each for UTA, which led 62-55 at halftime after shooting 63 percent and finished at 55 percent in reaching their second-highest point total this season.

BYU, which never led, shot 60 percent in the first half but couldn't keep pace in the final 20 minutes when it shot 27 percent. Eric Mika led the Cougars (22-12) with 29 points and Nick Emery, who made four 3-pointers, added 24.

"I think these two teams were in two different places tonight," BYU head coach Dave Rose said. "UTA was extremely good at executing, and they were a step ahead of us the whole time. We were not reacting quick enough. We had a really hard time getting stops in the first half, and they made some tough shots, but they also got a lot of exactly what they wanted to get. It was us being a step slower. "

UTA scored 32 points off 20 BYU turnovers and outscored the Cougars 50-26 in the paint.

Leading by nine, the Mavericks went on a 17-3 run to lead by 23 with 2:43 to go.


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