By JJ Perez
After suffering a narrow home-loss to UTSA in early January, Louisiana Tech came into the Convocation and downed the ‘Runners 72-66 on Saturday afternoon.
It was another close finished between the two schools but this time is was the Bulldogs who made just enough plays down the stretch to squeeze out the close win
After trailing by much as 13 points in the second half, the ‘Runners would cut La Tech’s lead to just two points with under a minute to play. But UTSA missed two point-blank attempts to tie and that was the ball game.
Video of UTSA’s attempt to tie the game at 68.
“We made a run,” said Head Coach Steve Henson. “We just couldn’t make enough plays.”
In the mould of many of the contests we’ve seen this season from the Roadrunners, UTSA played a very good Conference USA opponent tough and were very much in the game.
“I’m proud of our effort, I’m proud of our fight,” said Henson. “We did a lot of things well. But we just didn’t finish plays.”
The game had a feel like La Tech could break it open at any moment. But the ‘Runners would fight to stay in the game for better part of the afternoon. However, whenever the game would get close, La Tech would make a three to extend their lead back out.
“Those three pointers were killer,” said Henson.
Forward Lucas O’Brien would lead UTSA in scoring with a career-high 23 points.
“I was given some chances to get the ball up and just lucky enough to knock some down,” O’Brien said of his career-high effort.
UTSA’s normal leading scorer Jeff Beverly had a tough night shooting. He also spent a lot of time on the bench due to foul trouble. Beverly would end the game as the only other Roadrunner in double figures with 12 points.
“We got a little frustrated at times,” Henson said about the officiating. “That’s part of it. You’ve got to keep your composure and fight through it.”
UTSA’s record falls to 11-14 overall and 6-6 in CUSA play. The Roadrunners now head on the road for the next two weeks. The next game is Thursday at Rice.
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