Playing for the last time at the Convocation Center, Senior Guard Ryan Bowie made sure there would be no doubt the Roadrunners would win by scoring a game high 24 points as UTSA routed Southern Miss 74-53.
“This feels amazing,” Bowie said about getting a win in his final home game. “It’s a lot of mixed emotions. It’s a blessing to be here. I’m thankful for the opportunity that UTSA gave me.”
UTSA came out on fire. The ‘Runners would use an 11-0 run early in the first half to take control of the game.
“We came out with a lot of energy and confidence,” said Head Coach Brooks Thompson.
In the first half, the ‘Runners would hit 10 three pointers, shooting 67% from behind the arc. They also shot 58% from the field. Meanwhile, Southern Miss would struggle.
“The biggest key to our offense was our defense,” said Thompson. “I didn’t think we took too many bad shots, that was key. I think our guys shared it but I think it all really started with our defense. We were really focused in and our energy was great.”
Bowie’s 24 points led all scorers Saturday. His six made three pointers was a career-high.
“He’s had a great career here,” Thompson said of Bowie. “He’s exactly what you want in a student athlete. He loves this basketball program. I’m glad to see him go out with a win. We’re going to miss him.”
Two other UTSA players scored in double figures. Christian Wilson pitched in 16 points and 9 assists while JR Harris
The win snaps a nine-game losing streak for UTSA. The Roadrunners improve to 3-12 in CUSA play and 5-23 overall.
“A win helps the psyche of our guys. Today was the best 40 minutes we’ve played all season,” said Thompson.
UTSA closes out the 2015-16 regular season with road games at Charlotte, Old Dominion, and UTEP before headed to Birmingham, AL for the Conference USA Championship.