Two tight losses marked the start of the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic as the women fell 54-42 to South Alabama on Friday night while the men fell 70-64 in Overtime against Pepperdine on Saturday.
Whitney Wright led the Roadrunners with ten points in the South Alabama loss, the only UTSA player to make it to double figures in a low scoring match.
UTSA turned the ball over far too much and that is what cost the Roadrunners the win, making 26 turnovers and allowing South Alabama to score 20 points from those turnovers.
UTSA led through the whole first half, taking a six point lead with 12:49 remaining in the half after a Judy Jones jumper. The Jaguars came back and levelled the scores with a 6-0 run just two minutes later.
UTSA recovered the lead at the free-throw line and somehow had the lead at the half, despite trailing in shot attempts by 19 UTSA lead at the break 24-22, thanks largely to free-throws where they lead 13-5, restricting South Alabama to 24% shooting, including 1-for-11 on 3-point attempts.
South Alabama used a 13-2 run to win the game, with Camile Reynolds’ jumper putting the Jaguars in front for the first time in the game with 10:10 remaining. Jones was able to level the scores on the next play but that was the last time UTSA would be level.
Reynolds scored six of the Jaguar’s next eight points before Cori Cooper ended the Roadrunners four minute scoreless run with a layup. Cooper also cut the gap to six, with a pair of free-throws before South Alabama scored eight of the next ten points to wrap up a 54-42 win.
The men fared slightly better, but still failed to win, falling 70-64 in Overtime to Pepperdine.
Kannon Burrage led the Roadrunners with a game-high 18 points, the only Roadrunner into double figures thanks to a 4-of-8 night from outside the arc. Michael Hale had a solid all-round performance with seven points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Roadrunners started well pushing out to a 10-2 lead before using a 12-3 run to push out to a 30-19 lead with two minutes remaining in the half. Burrage pushed the lead to 32-20 with a layup with 93 seconds remaining before a pair of 3-pointers from Pepperdine closed the score to 32-26 at the half.
Pepperdine came out charging in the second half and cut the gap to one three minutes in to the second half when Nikolas Skouden made a 3-pointer to make it 36-35 before Burrage responded netting another trey to extend the lead to two possessions.
Jordan Baker brought them back, despite missing a free-throw he managed to convert a three point play with 7:44 remaining to give the Waves their first lead of 48-46. Joshua Lowery gave the Waves a 51-50 lead thanks to a trey with 5:42 remaining before UTSA made a 10-3 run for a 60-54 lead with just two minutes to play.
Igor Nujic gave UTSA a 61-57 lead with just 36 seconds left before controversy struck as Jordan Baker was called for an offensive foul, only to see the referees allow his basket to stand cutting the lead to 61-59 befor Nujic made one of his attempts to push the lead back out to three only to see Corbin Moore drain a 3-pointer to level the scores at 62 with 10.1 seconds remaining.
It was poor shooting that cost UTSA, shooting at just 35.1% making just 9-of-28 after half time and 12-of-20 from the freethrow line. It was even worse in overtime, making 0-of-5 giving the team their first home loss in eight games.
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