By Antonio Castillo
The resilient 'Runners kept bending and bending as FIU chopped away at their lead on Saturday afternoon, but UTSA would not break. Freshman Byron Frohnen would have the ball at the top of the key. He then would make a hard drive getting a clear path for his lay-in that would cut the FIU lead to one point, 55-54 wit 1:11 to play.
On the ensuing series, Frohnen would grab a critical board and then get fouled. He would calmly drain two free throws to put UTSA back in front for good, 56-55. Nick Allen would add one more free throw for the final tally, 57-55.
The 6'5" Frohnen finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, logging his third double-double of the season. Afterwards Frohnen had a cut to his neck area and was icing down his back. That was a testament to how physical the play was down low with the bigger FIU team.
Scoring wise, walk-on junior Jeff Beverly would lead the team with 17 points as he proved to be a mismatch for the bigger defenders. He used his quickness to attack from the perimeter and earned his way to the stripe several times. He pitched in seven boards contributing to the 'Runners out-rebounding yet another opponent, 42-35.
Offensively, the first half was a mirror opposite of the second half. It appeared a matter of time before UTSA was going to break open the contest. On the strength of two separate runs, an 11-0 and an 8-0 spurt, UTSA would enjoy a 15 point lead at 29-14 at the 6:12 mark in the first half. Beverly would make a nice bounce pass to a cutting Byron Frohnen on the baseline and he would finish with the reverse layup.
Beverly led the 'Runners at the break, scoring 11pts on the strength of going 6 for 6 from the free throw line. His quickness was a mismatch for the bigger FIU defenders, as UTSA went into the lock room with a 34-24 lead.
Three Roadrunners would score in double figures Saturday led by Beverley’s 17 points. Frohnen pitched in 13 points while guard Giovanni De Nicolao added 12 points.
Overall it was a team effort on the glass, as Lucas O'Brien added eight boards and Nick Allen registered six rebounds. UTSA used tough defense holding FIU to 35% from the field, and just enough timely buckets,. It was the same story-line that guided UTSA to it's sixth win in seven games as they remain undefeated at home on the season, 8-0. Overall, the 'Runners are 9-9, at the .500 mark, and 4-1 in CUSA play. They return to action next Saturday at UTEP, with an 8 p.m. tip.
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