Tech Pulls Away In Second Half

Louisiana Tech would torch the nets from deep on Saturday afternoon, hitting 12 treys and pulling away from UTSA in the second half.

Louisiana Tech would hit 7 three pointers in the second half, and a total of 12, shooting 55% from beyond the arc and the floor, putting away UTSA Saturday afternoon, 84-72.

Raheem Appleby (Sr.) would lead the Bulldogs charge with a total of 25 points and nailing 5 treys. Tech would have 4 scorers in double figures and use a 14-3 run early on in the second half to create space.

UTSA would try to claw back into the contest on the strength of a Jeromie Hill 3-ptr from the left wing with 11:16 to go, cutting the lead to 60-53, but failed to get any closer. The Bulldogs would stay red hot and keep UTSA at bay.

For the game, UTSA was led by Jeromie Hill who finished with 24pts on 10 of 22 shooting and pulled down 7 boards. He battled down low with the bigs of Louisiana Tech trying to overcome their height and length. Head Coach Brooks Thompson talked about it postgame.

"I think it definitely did. There's a few times we didn't convert and we didn't finish. That was due to their length, it wasn't because our guys couldn't make the plays. It was their length and athleticism."

At the half, UTSA led a back and forth game 34-33, that saw 9 lead changes and 5 ties in the first half alone. Jeromie Hill had 7 points and Kaj Bjorn Sherman with 8 at the break, as both were asserting themselves down low.

For the game, the 'Runners finished shooting at a 40% clip, and only managed going 6 of 20 from beyond the arc. The 'Runners did out-rebound the Bulldogs 35-29. Kaj Bjorn Sherman led UTSA on the glass with 9 boards and nearly registering a double-double with 15 points.

UTSA will play their final non-conference game on Monday when they travel to UT Pan-American for a 7:30 p.m. tip off. The 'Runners are now 7-7, and 2-2 in C-USA play.

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