Louisiana Tech outscored UTSA 23-8 in the first nine minutes of the second half to take a lead they’d never look back from as the Bulldogs downed the Roadrunners 87-74 Thursday night at the Convocation Center.
“It’s unbelievable. The start of the second half was a complete debacle,” said Head coach Brooks Thompson. “Why not come out with that energy.”
The Bulldogs’ lead ballooned up to 24 points in second half. But late in the game the ‘Runners began to rally. UTSA would get to as close as eight points with two minutes to play but couldn't get any closer.
“I told them if they do that the whole game (play the way they played late in the game) their record wouldn’t be what it is,” said Thompson.
Things started off well for UTSA. In fact the ‘Runners were neck and neck with La Tech at the half trailing only 41-34 despite giving up 60% shooting from the field.
“It really was a good start,” said Thompson. “It’s really fun to coach. But I don’t understand what happened in the start of the second half.”
Despite the struggles, UTSA players have never given up. That’s something that isn’t lost on Coach Thompson.
“They’re not quitters, they just don’t know how to win.”
Ryan Bowie led UTSA with 20 points while Lucas O’Brien had a career-high 18 points.
“Lucas was really great,” said Thompson. “He was very active and he guarded the post the way we wanted to.”
Christian Wilson and Phillip Jones also reached in double figures scoring 15 and 10 points respectively.
UTSA plays their final home game of the season Saturday at 3pm vs Southern Miss. It will also be senior night as UTSA will honor Ryan Bowie before the game.
“It’ll be an emotional time. Bowie’s done some great things for us hopefully we can send him out with a win,” said Thompson.
UTSA’s record falls to 2-12 in CUSA play and 4-23 overall.