The win on Saturday also marks the 100th win inside College Park Center, bringing the Mavericks to a 100-41 record.
The Mavericks broke UC Santa Barbara's 20-game home winning streak, forcing turnovers and holding the Gauchos to their lowest scoring total of the season.
The Mavericks gave up the ball 14 times in the first 20 minutes of the match, closing out the game with 28 turnovers, the most since 2012.
The Mavericks will return to the court Tuesday against Abilene Christian University and the Lady Mavericks are slated to go against the University of Houston on Wednesday.
Carrying over their impressive defensive performance from last season and leveraging the talents of their seven new players could help the Mavericks start strong.
Hoiberg committed to UTA in April for his final year of collegiate eligibility since the university was the most aggressive in recruiting him, he said.
Montez Young Jr., Waxahachie High School forward, led his team to the regional finals during his senior season and verbally committed to the Mavericks in March.
After 12 years in the passenger seat of coaching the men’s basketball program, Young was promoted to the highest level of coaching for the university he loves and the university that loves him.
Young was announced as head coach Monday after spending 12 years with the program and serving as the team’s associate head coach since 2013.
Young’s promotion comes after former head coach Chris Ogden resigned and accepted an assistant coach position at UT-Austin on Thursday.
Before Ogden was hired as the men’s basketball head coach at UTA, he played at UT-Austin from 1999 to 2003 and served as assistant coach for the Longhorns from 2008 to 2015.
The arena painstakingly sanitized the venue and maintained social distancing and masking among the small gathering of fans.
Senior Davis Steelman, juniors David Azore and Shahada Wells and sophomores Sam Griffin and McKade Marquis have entered the portal after posting impressive numbers this season.
UTA entered this year’s tournament confident as the third seed in the West Division but was eliminated in the first round for the second year in a row.
Shutting down Troy’s offense while maintaining consistency with junior guards David Azore and Shahada Wells are just some ways the Mavericks can pull off a win.
Junior guard David Azore helped the Mavericks win against Arkansas State after missing 13 games because of a leg injury.
The Mavericks will be back in action 6 p.m. Friday at College Park Center to start the final series of the regular season against Arkansas State University.
The Mavericks will look to rebound after the tough loss as they head to San Marcos to finish the series against the Bobcats.
Consistency in the backcourt and containing some of the Bobcats’ best players are some of the factors the men’s basketball team needs to tackle in the upcoming series.
The men’s basketball team will face Texas State University at 6 p.m. Thursday at College Park Center, the first game of a home and away series with the Bobcats.
UTA has won five straight games against the Warhawks. The last time the Mavericks lost at home to the University of Louisiana Monroe was in February of 2016.
UTA will go to Jonesboro, Arkansas, to face Arkansas State University starting at 6 p.m. Friday at First National Bank Arena.
UTA will be on the road for their next series to face Arkansas State University in a two-game series starting at 6 p.m. on Friday at First National Bank Arena.
UTA will play its second game of the series against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock at 4 p.m. on Saturday at College Park Center.
The men’s basketball team will host the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in a two-game series starting at 6 p.m. Friday at College Park Center.