Louisiana Tech got a significant lead at half-time, which enabled them to withstand a 15-0 run from UTSA to defeat the Roadrunners 87-72 at the Convocation Center on Saturday night.
Keon Lewis was the best of the Roadrunners as he managed 24 points, all bar two points coming in the second half while Devon Agusi managed 14 points and five rebounds, with Edrico McGregor going close to a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
UTSA’s first half was poor, shooting just 34.4% in the half before lifting in the second, managing 50% but their rebounding was impressive throughout the game with a 37-32 lead on the boards.
Both sides came in with a hot offense, with the two teams being the highest scoring in UTSA as they both had solid seasons with Louisiana Tech getting thing started with an impressive first half.
UTSA got things started with McGregor managing a lay-up for UTSA’s only lead of the game before Louisiana Tech shot out to the lead, only for McGregor to again cut the gap down to one.
That would be as good as it would get for the half with Louisiana Tech managing a 19-3 run as they took control of the game, playing a full-court defense that UTSA failed to deal with, missing seven shots and giving up four turnovers.
James Williams was solid off the bench for UTSA managing two three-pointers but Louisiana Tech was able to hit a 20-9 run in the closing stages to make it 57-32 at half-time.
Louisiana Tech carried on from there and shot out to a 61-34 lead in the early stages of the second half and that was when UTSA went to work.
UTSA set out on a 15-0 run making their way back in to the game with pair of free-throws from Lewis getting things started, that run was capped with two more free-throws to make it 61-49 with 14:42 on the clock.
The defense deserves credit for making the run possible, as they forced five straight errors from the Bulldogs to keep the shut-out going.
UTSA were able to then cut the deficit back to single digits thanks to a Lewis lay-up making the score 63-54, unfortunately for UTSA Louisiana Tech responded to every basket with one of their own.
UTSA kept threatening, again closing the gap to nine with 9:41 to play thanks to two straight baskets but that was as close as UTSA would get as the Bulldogs closed out the game.