One week after UTSA Guard Christian Wilson recorded a career-high 25 points, he bettered his effort with 28 points vs FAU. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners, it wasn’t enough as the Owls beat UTSA 86-71.
“I just tried to come in this game and be very aggressive,” said Wilson. “The last game I was playing too passive and got out of my game. In this game, I got back to it.”
UTSA and FAU played fairly even for most of the game, but during a stretch midway through the second half, the Owls caught fire and began to hit three pointer after three pointer. All told they would hit a season-high 13 buckets from behind the arc.
“They made shots,” Head Coach Brooks Thompson said about FAU pulling away in the second half. “Early we gave them some uncontested threes but they just kept getting into the paint and really penetrating and pitching and we didn’t get to the shooters.”
Wilson agreed that the defensive effort was lacking.
“It’s defense,” said Wilson. “We weren’t able to come out defensively how we work in practice and it bit us. That‘s pretty much it, it was just a defensive-effort thing.”
Opposing defenses have made it an emphasis to slow UTSA’s guard play. Ryan Bowie and JR Harris, two of UTSA’s normal hot shooters, combined to go 6 for 28 from the field.
“If JR and Bowie don’t score and shoot that many times, it’s going to be tough to win. We’ve got to get their confidence back,” said Thompson.”
In addition to his 28 points, Wilson also grabbed nine rebounds and recorded five assists. The only two Roadrunners in double figures were Lucas O’Brien (12 points) and JR Harris (10 points).
The loss drops UTSA’s record to 2-5 in Conference USA play and 4-16 overall. The ‘Runners now heads on the road for a pair of games. They’ll first play at La Tech on Thursday at 6:30 pm before heading to Southern Miss on Saturday.