Christian Wilson and Ryan Bowie combined for 55 points but it wasn’t enough as Marshall shot a blistering 53% from the three point line to outscore UTSA 109-91 Saturday afternoon in the Convocation Center.
Marshall made 18 of 33 from behind the arc. The 18-made three pointers were a season-high by a UTSA opponent and one shy of tying a Thundering Herd program record.
“You’ve got to give them credit,” UTSA Head Coach Brooks Thompson said. “They shot the heck out of it. I felt for the most part we guarded it. They shot the cover off the ball today.”
Wilson recorded a career-high 29 points for UTSA on a career-high 12 free throws. Most of UTSA’s offense on the day was created by Wilson.
“Christian getting in the lane and getting into the paint, people have to help off of him,” said Thompson.
The 91 points scored by UTSA was a season high but it wasn’t enough against Marshall’s high-powered offense.
“With a team like Marshall, they’re great at scoring. They’re defense is their offense,” Bowie said. “They take a lot of wild shots but that’s their offense, they’re good at it. They’re the type of team that can get hot anytime and that’s what they did against us.”
Phillip Jones came off to bench to add a season-high 12 points.
“He’s looking back to himself,” Thompson said of Jones. “He’s not as injured as he’s been. He brings athleticism to our team that we don’t have. He’s starting to bounce around and do some good things.”
UTSA falls to 2-9 in CUSA and 4-19 overall. The ‘Runners head to Florida for a pair of games. UTSA plays FAU Thursday and FIU on Saturday.
Note: Following the game, Coach Thompson said there was a chance that regular starting point guard Gino Littles could return this season. The former walk-on underwent surgery several weeks ago and was feared lost for the season: “We’re not going to press it. He’s progressing very well from his surgery. Hopefully we can get him back.”