UTSA would shoot just 33% from the field for the game as they struggled offensively vs an athletic FIU team.
“I’m not sure our energy and intensity was where it needed to be at the beginning of the game. It started on the defensive end and carried over to the offensive end,” said Associate Head Coach Dan O’Dowd.
Indeed UTSA struggled to begin the game. The ‘Runners would score just one basket in the first six minutes of the game and play catch up the rest of the way.
“We just didn’t play with the same energy and passion we like to every night,” said O’Dowd.
FIU’s lead for most of the first stanza would be near or above double digits. But UTSA would close the half on an 8-0 to cut the lead to 30-25. UTSA would further trim the Panthers’ lead to as little as 4 points early in the second half, but FIU would warm up from the field as UTSA remained cold. FIU’s lead would grow to as much as 17 points.
“We have small margin for error,” said O’Dowd. “If we don’t come out with great intensity and focus, we’re not going to have success.”
Three players scored in double figures for UTSA led by Christian Wilson’s 12 points. Ryan Bowie added 11 while JR Harris pitched in 10.
The loss pushes UTSA’s Conference USA record down to 2-4 and 4-15 overall. The Roadrunners next face Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Tip off at the Convocation Center is at 2pm.
Note: Regular Starting Point Guard Gino Littles did not play vs FIU. Littles had what is expected to be season-ending surgery Thursday morning. Officially, UTSA noted his status as out indefinitely.