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      UTPA Men's Hoops Falls To UTA In Broncs' Home Opener

      Senior guard Brandon Provost scored a game-high 18 points as the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men TMs basketball team fell to the UT Arlington Mavericks 60-51 on Monday at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

      Provost hit 5-of-11 shots, including 2-of-5 from behind the arc plus 6-of-6 from the foul line to lead all scorers.

      Three Mavericks (3-3) reached double-figures in scoring, led by Brandon Edwards who scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go with seven rebounds. Karol Gruszecki scored 12 points with seven rebounds while Kevin Butler scored 11 points with five rebounds.

      The Mavericks jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but Provost hit two three-pointers and a jumper to power an 8-2 run and bring the Broncs (2-6) to within 11-10.

      The Mavericks led by 14 twice, going up 40-26 on a Deon Rodgers layup with 14:02 remaining. Josh Cleveland responded with back-to-back baskets and Jamal Dantzler converted a three-point play as the Broncs pulled to within 40-33 with 11:29 to go.

      The Broncs got as close as five a few times, the last of which came after Provost hit a pair of free throws with 3:35 remaining to make it 52-47, but the Mavericks closed the game on an 8-4 run.

      The Broncs are back in action on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. when they visit Texas State.