UTSA falls to Cal Poly 88-73. Game Recap:
Blistering Mustang Shooting: Cal Poly dominated the first half of play building as much as a 26 point lead. At one point in the first half, Cal Poly was shooting 73% from the field. The Mustangs used crisp ball movement and sharp shooting to get the W Tuesday night.
Scoring Droughts: UTSA started the game hitting 3 of their first 5 shots from the field. But a 14-2 run by Cal Poly gave the Mustangs a lead they would never surrender. During that run early in the first half, UTSA went scoreless for over 5 minutes. Late in the second half, the Roadrunner had another 3+ minute scoring drought when Cal Poly built their lead over 20.
Inconsistent Defensive Effort: The biggest issue with UTSA this season has been their defense, or lack there of. Cal Poly got good looks all night long and was able to use good ball movement to score on over a dozen dunks and layups throughout the course of the game.
No Give-Up Effort: At one point in the second half, UTSA trailed by 31 points and Roadrunner players were diving on the floor and out of bounds for loose balls. UTSA make a late push but would fall short. The final score deficit of 15 points was the closest the Roadrunners were since the early in the game.
Bowie Shines: Guard Ryan Bowie continued to play well for the Roadrunners. The Lewisville-native scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. It was his fourth double-double of the season. Christian Wilson added 13 points off the bench. Lucas O’Brien was the only other player in double figures for UTSA with 10 points.
Conference USA Play Up Next: UTSA finishes a very tough non-conference schedule with a 2-11 record. The Roadrunners break for the holidays. They will begin Conference USA play vs North Texas on New Year’s Day. Tip off on Jan 1 at the Convocation Center at 6pm. The game will be broadcasted on the American Sports Network.
POST GAME QUOTES
UTSA HEAD COACH BROOKS THOMPSON
“It all comes down to the defensive end. They haven’t quit. They’re fighting, they’re playing hard. If we can get a win or two, it can go to the other way. It’s all going to come down the defense and rebounding. I thought we came out very sluggish tonight and then we bounced back.”