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The UT Arlington Mavericks used a wonderful offensive performance to dismantle the BYU Cougars 105-89 in the Marriott Center on Wednesday night. The Mavericks got just about whatever they wanted all night long as the had the Cougars on their heels from the get-go. They moved the ball with precision to expose BYU’s defense deficiencies.

Drew Charles led the way for the Mavericks with a career-best 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. Kevin Hervey also had a big night with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Kaelon Wilson also managed a season-high with 20 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the field.

Eric Mika paced the Cougars with 29 points on 8 for 13 shooting from the floor and 13 for 16 from the foul line. Nick Emery provided an offensive spark as well as he totaled 24 points on 8 for 15 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 9 from beyond the arc.

Why the Cougars lost

The Cougars got embarrassed defensively because of their inability to guard in the pick-and-roll. Sometimes they didn’t hedge well on the picks while at others they rotated back to their own man too early, leaving a man wide open. BYU also struggled mightily with weak side help and it turned into more wide open shots that the Mavericks converted on.

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Draft analyst Chad Reuter did his latest mock draft for, and he had two Utes and two Cougars being selected in the four rounds.

He had Utah’s Garett Bolles landed at No. 20 to the Denver Broncos, saying, “John Elway needs a reliable pass protector to keep Paxton Lynch (or Tony Romo?) upright.”

Reuter had two Cougars coming off the board next with running back Jamaal Williams being taken in the third round by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 88 overall pick. Linebacker Harvey Langi was next on the list, going to the New England Patriots at No. 96.

The last player from Utah in the mock draft from the Utes was safety Marcus Williams, who landed with the Patriots in the fourth round with the No. 132 overall pick.

Gordon Hayward takes to Twitter to praise Jazz

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward was active on Twitter on Wednesday both before and after Utah’s big road win over the Detroit Pistons.

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