UTSA Falls To Loyola-Chicago 76-64

UTSA Basketball dropped their season-opener to Loyola-Chicago Friday night. The final score was 76-64. Quick game recap.

Tough Start: UTSA started way too cold and slow. It took more than 4 minutes for the ‘Runners to score their first points. In a blink of an eye, UTSA was down double digits. Starting PG Gino Littles picked up two quick fouls and UTSA’s offense struggled while he sat.

No Quit: Several times in the second half UTSA cut Loyola-Chicago’s deficit under 10 points. At one point late in the second half, UTSA had the deficit down to 5 points on a 16-2 run and had the ball. But LUC was too much as they led from start to finish.

Too Many Turnovers: UTSA amassed an astonishing 23 turnovers. That’s simply too many. Loyola-Chicago had 21 turnovers themselves. The sloppy play gave UTSA an opportunity to get back into the game.

Not Enough Scoring: Ryan Bowie led UTSA with 16 points and J.R. Harris added 14 off the bench, but no other UTSA player scored in double figures. UTSA certainly missed Christian Wilson’s scoring punch off the bench.

Defensive Effort: UTSA gave up just 39 points in the first half and 37 points in the second half. That in itself is a good defensive effort. But LUC shot over 50% from the field.

UTSA next travels to Clemson to face the Tigers on Sunday. 1pm tipoff on ESPN3. 

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