Updated Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12:46 AM
The home portion of Seattle University's debut season as a Western Athletic Conference member ended Saturday night with a shoulder-sagging 65-63 loss to Texas-Arlington in front of 3,502 at KeyArena.
Facing one of the two WAC teams they had beaten this season, the Redhawks (7-18, 2-13) led by 10 in the first half and still had the lead, 49-44, with 10 minutes to play after a dunk by Deshaun Sunderhaus.
Yet Seattle missed 11 of its last 14 shots from the field, including a close bank shot by Clarence Trent with six seconds left that went out of bounds with UT Arlington (14-9, 9-5) leading by one. UTA's leading scorer, Kevin Butler (14 points), hit the first of two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining, and Seattle could not launch a shot before the buzzer.
The loss, on Senior Night, was SU's fifth in a row and its third straight by six points or less. It gives the Redhawks a 1-8 home record in WAC play. Seattle beat San Jose State by eight Jan. 31 and defeated UTA in Arlington 61-44 on Jan. 17.
"It hasn't been very good," fourth-year coach Cameron Dollar said. "The first year in the WAC, you understand the realities of moving up leagues and divisions, but obviously when you see us play you think, man, they should be able to get a couple more.
"We haven't been able to do that, but you just have to keep going."
The Redhawks had it going in the first half after falling behind 10-4. The Mavericks went nearly eight minutes without a basket when Seattle strung together 15 unanswered points during a 17-1 run, a streak that included three straight three-pointers by Jarell Flora.
The teams swapped the lead seven times in the final nine minutes. A three-pointer with one minute left by Chad Rasmussen, one of five SU seniors, tied the game at 62. A free throw by Trent with 34 seconds to play put Seattle up 63-62.
UTA big man Jordan Reves canned two free throws with 12 seconds to go, and Trent's misfire, his 10th missed shot in 12 attempts for the night, went out of bounds. Flora, who sank seven of nine from the field, led Seattle with 18 points. Sunderhaus, a redshirt freshman, had 13 points and seven rebounds.
"We need to just keep training ourselves and keep fighting until we can break through," Dollar said. "It's as simple as that."