JJ Perez, InsideRunnerSports

UTSA Basketball wins their final home game of the season

UTSA bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss on Thursday night to claim a big win over Old Dominion, 73-55.

By JJ Perez
For InsideRunnerSports.com

Riding the emotions of Senior Day, UTSA Basketball closed their 2016-17 regular season schedule with a 73-55 win over Old Dominion Saturday afternoon at the ConvocationCenter.

“We did a lot of things well in that ballgame,” Head Coach Steve Henson said. “I’m proud of the way our guys physically competed. “We were very focused. Our guys were excited. I think our guys feel good about a lot of the things we’ve done.”

UTSA and ODU played about even in the first half. But in the second half, the Roadrunners clamped down holding the Monarchs to just 24 points on 30% shooting from the field.

“We boxed out, contested shots and ran our defense. Man, zone, we just locked in. We locked in for all 40 minutes,” said Forward Jeff Beverly.

Beverly bounced back from a tough outing on Thursday to score a game-high 24 points. Saturday’s game marked the 10th time this season he’s scored 20 points or more.

“I stayed true to myself,” said Beverly. “I know what I do best. I stayed working. My teammates kept encouraging me. It (the win) felt great. Thursday was a heart-breaking loss. We’re thankful for this win."

Senior Lucas O’Brien, playing in his in the ConvocationCenter, had a pretty good outing. The Arizona-native nailed hit five three pointers on his way to scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

“It’s like sadness, excitement, and happiness all in one,” O’Brien said about playing his final game in the Convo. “I’m going to miss this place.

Two other players scored in double figures for the Roadrunners Saturday. Gino Littles added 13 points while Byron Frohnen had 11 points.

UTSA finishes the regular season with a record of 13-18 overall and 8-10 in CUSA play. Up next for the Roadrunners is the Conference USA Championship Tournament in Birmingham. UTSA’s seed is to be determined.

Despite losing five of their last seven games, UTSA’s win Saturday was one of their best performances of the season. That has confidence high among some of the players.

“We can beat anybody,” said Beverly. “Like with Middle Tennessee we came close. Old Dominion, they’re number three in our conference, we beat them tonight by almost 20. We can beat anybody. We are confident.”

O’Brien echoed Beverly’s sentiment.

“We beat La Tech earlier in the season, we’ve beaten them (ODU), we competed with Middle Tennessee, we can compete with anybody,” said O’Brien.

Play in the 2017 Conference USA Tournament begins Wednesday, March 8.

GAME NOTES
 - UTSA honored their two seniors, Lucas O’Brien and JR Harris, prior to the game.
 - Injured Guard JR Harris started Saturday’s game. Harris was allowed to win the tip. Game-play was then stopped and he was subbed out.
  UTSA was 19-for-19 from the free throw line.
 - The Roadrunners finished the season with 11 wins at the ConvocationCenter. UTSA was 11-3 at home this season.

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