UTSA's incredible run in the WAC Men's Basketball Championships has come to an end as they fell to UT Arlington 69-53 on Friday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
UTSA struggled in the first half and only really looked competitive in the second but by then it was too late despite Jeromie Hill managing 17 points and three rebounds.
UTSA shot at just 35.3% made all the more disappointing by the fact they shot at 42.3% in the second in an attempt to recover a poor half.
By contrast UTA managed a 50.9% game average with Karol Gruszecki leading the way with five 3-pointers as part of his 19 points.
UTSA struggled in the opening stages, making just three of their first 14 shots putting them in a hole that they would never get out of as UTA took an 18-7 lead.
The lead got pushed out as far as 15 thanks to a 7-2 run midway through the half as UTA build up to a 33-18 lead but UTSA pulled back a basket and trailed by 13 at the break.
UTA continued firing in the second half as a pair of Gruszecki treys extended the lead to 19, the Roadrunners managed two of their own through Kannon Burrage and Jordan Simms but that only angered UTA who managed a 12-6 run to take a 20 point lead with 15:27 to play.
UTSA started to mount a come back as a Sims trey gut it to 50-37 only for the Mavs to respond again and push out to a 61-40 lead with 7:15 remaining.
The comeback came much too late as UTSA could only get as close as five poins at 63-48 with UTA easily holding on to seal their place in the WAC Championship game.