JJ Perez, InsideRunnerSports

UTSA Beats WKU, 56-52

UTSA beats Western Kentucky 56-52 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Championship Tournament.

By JJ Perez
For InsideRunnerSports.com

Byron Frohnen recorded his fifth double-double of the season while Jeff Beverly scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half as the Roadrunners held off Western Kentucky 56-52 in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament Wednesday.

The win was UTSA’s first postseason victory in their four years of playing in Conference USA. It’s also the first win in postseason play since the team made a run in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

UTSA had another solid defensive outing. The Roadrunners held WKU to just 30% from the field.

Three Roadrunners scored in double-figures led by Beverly’s 14 points. Frohnen had 11 points and 13 rebounds with Lucas O’Brien added 10 points and six rebounds.

UTSA is has a 14-19 overall record. The Roadrunners move on to face #1 seed Middle Tennessee on Thursday. Tip off is set for 11:30am. 

(Courtesty of Roadrunner Sports Network)
Coach Steve Henson on the win
“That was a little bit like some of our others on the year. I’m not going to call it ugly but it was not a thing of beauty. But our guys took care of the basketball and fought like crazy.”

Henson on Frohnen
“He’s a guy we need flashing around making passes. Defensively he sticks his nose in there and rebounds it. He got a big steal late. He’s just a good basketball player. He does things you can’t coach or teach.”

Henson on Middle Tennessee
“They’re a terrific team. You’re going to lineup and play terrific teams this time of year. We know it’s going to be difficult for us on the offensive end. Middle Tennessee is a great team. They’re a big, strong team with no weaknesses but we’ll go and do what we’ve been doing. We’ll move the ball from side to side and make them defend us. Hopefully we’ll pound away on the glass and fight like crazy. The last two ball games have been two of our best defensive games in a long time. I’m really proud of the way our guys have been locking in.”

Byron Frohnen on playing early
I’m not really a morning person. But since we won, I kinda like it.

Frohnen on WKU’s physical nature
“That’s their game, we knew they out try to out-physical us. We knew we had to match it from the start. We did a good job.”

Frohnen on UTSA
“All of the guys have really started to buy in. We’re competing and it’s just been a total team effort.”

Frohnen on facing Middle Tennessee
“We’re excited, we’re going to go at them just like we did with Western Kentucky.”



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