For much of the first half Thursday night against the Lamar Cardinals the UTA men had more turnovers than points. During that stretch Lamar pulled ahead by as many as 18, and the turnover-crazy Mavericks were unable to recover. Lamar won 80-66.
UTA lost despite a decent night from the field (26-of-53), winning the rebound battle 39-28, a double-double from senior forward Larry Posey and 21 points on 10-of-10 from the field from senior center Jermaine Griffin. Twenty-four turnovers in a game has a tendency to negate anything and everything positive. For those out there counting, that's 52 turnovers in the past two games for UTA, and still they are somehow 1-1 in that stretch.
UTA (16-7, 5-5) pulled off an 18-point win despite 28 turnovers against Texas State on Saturday, but the first-place Cardinals (14-8, 8-1) are not Texas State. Lamar hit 11 three-pointers, and scored 29 points off UTA turnovers.
UTA returns to the friendly confines of the stage at Texas Hall on Saturday to take on the McNeese State Cowboys at 4 p.m.