Guard Christian Wilson poured in a career-high 25 points as UTSA stormed back from a 15 point second half deficit to be defeat UTEP 71-67.
UTSA and UTEP would trade blows all afternoon. But right before the half, UTEP would go on a run to build a 10 point lead. Out of the half, UTEP would hit a few quick shots to push the lead to 15 points.
But then UTSA clamped down. The Roadrunners had solid rotations and good rebounding that led to some transition bucks. It was as good of a defensive effort as the ‘Runners have had all season as UTEP would only shoot 33% in the second half.
In addition to his career-high in points, Wilson grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Three other Roadrunners scored in double-digits. Lucas O’Brien pitched in 12 points and 8 rebounds. JR Harris added 10 points.
UTSA’s win Saturday was their first victory over UTEP since 2011.
The Roadrunners are now 2-3 in CUSA play and 4-14 overall. UTSA next plays Florida Atlantic on Thursday at the Convocation Center.
POST GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Brooks Thompson:
“Our practices have been really good. When you practice well and practice hard, you get rewarded. They’re gaining experience and gaining confidence and are really playing well.”
“Defense was the difference, without a doubt. We were getting clean rebounds and forcing turnovers. We had a great crowd in here and they were getting excited. But the difference in the game is that we got clean rebounds and we got some transition baskets out of it.”
Guard Christian Wilson:
“It felt good, we prepared all week as a team. We just followed up on the plan,. It was a good win for us as a team.”
"We’re going together as a team, we’re moving our feet, we’re talking to each other and just playing good team defense. I feel like we’re coming together good.”