Manute Bol was the favorite of the fans, but even the 7-foot-7 center wasn't enough to help the Washington Bullets in an exhibition game against the Dallas Mavericks tonight.

The Mavericks posted a 98-78 victory before 2,300 at Louisiana Tech's Assembly Center. Dallas had lost its three previous exhibition games against the Bullets, including a 110-91 loss in Baltimore Saturday.

"Dallas played a very good game, especially on defense," said Bullets Coach Gene Shue.

"We didn't play that bad. It was just that our experimenting with several different combinations and looking at different players prevented us from playing better at times."

Gus Williams and Jeff Malone scored 12 points each, and Darren Daye added 11 points for the Bullets. Dale Ellis had 19 points and Jay Vincent had 15 to lead Dallas.

Bol scored only two points, but he kept the fans screaming with his six blocked shots.

"I didn't play good on offense, but I thought I helped our defense," said Bol. "I should have taken more shots. I had several chances to score more inside, but I passed them up."

Bol took six shots from the field. He and Charles Jones had six rebounds each to lead the Bullets.

The Bullets led, 28-18, with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. The Mavericks took their biggest lead, 75-55, with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.