UTSA battled back after a slow start but came up short to Western Kentucky Thursday night in Conference USA action.

After a dismal first half, UTSA made push in the second stanza. But it wasn’t enough as WKU outlasted the ‘Runners 83-71. Thursday night in the Convocation Center. 

UTSA shot a lowly 26% from the field in the first half while WKU was a blistering 60%. That resulted in a 20 point deficit the Roadrunners would never recover from. 

WKU’s largest lead of 26 came in the first half when UTSA struggled to score. Actually, the term struggle may be an under statement. During a nearly 12 minute stretch in the first half, UTSA went without a basket from the field. During that stretch, the ‘Runners were completely scoreless for more than seven minutes. 

“I can’t describe it,” Head Coach Brooks Thompson said of the first half lull. “I think we guarded them well. I thought we took quit shots that hurt us in transition. They were making contested shots.”

UTSA played better in the second half. Several times they were able to cut the lead to 10 points but the Roadrunners were never able to get over the hump. 

“I love coaching this group of guys, obviously we’re not winning the way we want to win but they want it bad,” said Thompson. 

There were some issues with the refereeing in the game. During a critical stretch in the second half as UTSA made a run, Coach Thompson was issued a technical foul after several consecutive questionable calls. 

“It was crucial,” Thompson said of the technical foul. “I felt like it was very unwarranted but that’s all I can say.”

Three Roadrunners scored in double figures led by Christian Wilson’s 27 points and seven assists. Ryan Bowie added 18 points while Lucas O’Brien had a career-high 13 points. 

UTSA’s record is now 2-8 in Conference USA play and 4-19 overall. The Roadrunners next play Saturday night vs Marshall. Tip off at the Convocation Center is set for 1pm. 

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