UTSA Falls to Houston 80-62
Similar to the home opener against Northern Arizona, UTSA lacked the offensive might to secure their first win of the season. An impressive Houston squad overcame a sloppy performance to seal away victory over the Roadrunners 80-62. The Cougars were boosted by the addition of freshman Chicken Knowles, a 6’10” guard who was granted eligibility by the NCAA earlier in the week. Houston was able to gas down the Roadrunners by pushing tempo and substituting freely, playing a total of 12 athletes. While Houston had a huge advantage in height, both on the perimeter and in the paint, the Roadrunners were actually able to outrebound the Cougars 40-34. Unfortunately, UTSA was unable to capitalize on their rebounding advantage due to a poor shooting night. Give the Runners credit for getting work done at the free throw line (81%) but this offense was miserable from the field, shooting just 32.8% and 5-19 from the three point line.
One bright spot tonight was the homecoming play of Houston native Hyjii Thomas. The scrawny guard gave it his all, racking up a career high 22 points and six rebounds. Thomas was also impressive in transition defense as he was often the only Roadrunner to get back across the timeline quick enough to contest fast break points for the Cougars.
Walk-on point guard Devon Agusi also provided solid play on the ball, finishing with seven points, one rebound, and one assist. I was particularly impressed with his leadership halfway through the second half as Devon called for a pick and roll with the shot clock ticking down. Agusi was met at the rim by three Cougars 6’9″ or taller and Devon was still able to finish his lay up for a three-point play. I still think Keon Lewis will develop into this squad’s starting point guard but Agusi will be a solid option regardless.
The Roadrunners have a favorable schedule over the span of the next week. UTSA will host McMurry, UTPA, and TAMUCC on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. If the Roadrunners don’t come out of the week with three wins then this is going to be one awful, awful season.
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter