UTSA Rallies for Road Win at Northern Arizona

UTSA Basketball rallied from as much as a 14 point deficit to beat Northern Arizona on Wednesday night.

It was another slow start for the Roadrunners on Wednesday in Flagstaff, Arizona. UTSA would fall down as much as 14 points in the first half before starting a rally just before halftime.

Timely shooting, combined with a suffocating zone defense, would allow UTSA to force the game into overtime. In the overtime period, the 'Runners would get hot to secure the win.

"Our guys in that locker room believe in each other and believe in themselves," UTSA Head Coach Brooks Thompson said on the radio post game. "It was a tough first half. They rallied around each other and did a nice job."

Six Roadrunners scored in double figures led by Keon Lewis' 22 points. Jeromie Hill, who left the game in the first half with an ankle injury only to return to start the second half, added 16 points. Kaj Bjorn Sherman had one of his best games as a Roadrunner scoring 15 points. Larry Lewis added 11 points, while Christian Wilson and Ryan Bowie score 10 points apiece.

"In the second half, I loved the way we played," said Thompson. "We came out on a huge run. When you do that, you teams on their heels."

On defense, UTSA stuck with a 2-3 zone for a majority of the game. In the first half, NAU was able to get some threes to fall. But in the second half, the defense tighten the clamps.

"We guarded well," said Thompson. "We zoned a lot more than what we have. As a unit, they all played well defensively."

At times in the first half, however, it appeared that the 7,000 foot elevation was talking a toll on the team as they looked fatigued.

"Our guys were exhausted," said Thompson. "We played as many as we could. It's a difference, but you just have to play your game."

This is the second time UTSA has rallied from a double-digit defefict this season.

"We could easily be 4-1 with a couple made more free throws," said Thompson.

This is the first road win of the season for UTSA. The 'Runners improve their record to 3-3 overall. UTSA will now travel to Pullman, WA to face Washington State Saturday. Tip off is set at 2pm.

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