By JJ Perez
UTSA Forward Jeff Beverly poured in a career-high 32 points as UTSA snapped their four-game losing streak by beating UAB 82-67 Saturday afternoon in the Convocation Center.
“It feels great,” Beverly said at about his career-high and win. “That Middle Tennessee loss kind of got us down, but we grinded it out in practice and got our confidence back.”
Beverly certainly set the pace for the Roadrunners Saturday, but it was a team effort as three UTSA players scored in double figures.
“We just had a lot of things going,” Head Coach Steve Henson said following the game. “When you get more than one guy going it helps.”
In addition to Beverly, Center Lucas O’Brien would record a season-high 16 points, while Giovanni De Nicolao would pitch in 12 points.
For the first time all season, UTSA had a consistent offensive effort throughout the course of the entire game. The Roadrunners would end the game shooting 47% from the field.
“Overall there weren’t many big runs,” said Henson. “We rebounded it all night long, we valued the basketball, and continued to make shots. For 40 minutes, this may have been the best game.”
Another key stat in the win was rebounding. UTSA out-boarded UAB 82-67.
“The coaches were on us in the pregame about pounding the boards,” said O’Brien. “If we can make that our identity the rest of the season, we can be real successful.
Coach Henson says this is a win UTSA can build momentum from.
“These guys (UAB) have been terrific for a few years,” said Henson. “Some of those guys have been putting up terrific numbers for years and years. That gives us a real boost to our confidence."
UTSA improves to 10-13 overall and 5-5 in Conference USA play. The Roadrunners next play on Thursday as they host Southern Miss.