UTSA v. UC Riverside Live Blog & Recap
UTSA fell out to a poor start in this one, totaling a mere 23 points in the first half. On the other bench, the Highlanders had an outlying offensive performance. Riverside finished the game 12 points over their scoring average and 10% over their field goal average. Similar to the Houston game, UTSA gave up a lot of gimme buckets underneath their defense. This is going to be unacceptable once conference play rolls around next week. In all honestly, it wasn’t the easy baskets that beat UTSA this time. UTSA failed to appropriately convert on UCR’s 16 turnovers. It didn’t help that the Runners pitched in 12 turnovers of their own. It’s getting too late in the season to let these mental miscues get a free pass.
Jeromie Hill had 21 points and 7 rebounds. That’s a damn good game, yo.
Melvin Johnson III shot through an early poor performance. #31 only finished with 13, but they came in big situations, including a couple of super deep, contested shots.
UTSA is back in action on Sunday against Bowling Green. It’s another home game so you guys go out and support. Tough when you’re scheduled against the Spurs like tonight, but c’est la vie.
UTSA 13 – UCR 24
Dunno what’s going on here. Hill had his shot blocked, called a goaltend, basket was counted, then Hill was called for an offensive foul. Points were taken off the board. Highlanders immediately came down the timeline and yakked on a posterization dunk. Ouch. Burrage on the line for UTSA.
UTSA 20 – UCR 25
Excuse the lull in updates as I am currently devouring a chef salad. Kannon Burrage has started to take this game over with pure hustle and just drew a charge to give UTSA the ball and a chance to make this a one possession game. Riverside is very athletic but seem to be missing some key components to a winning team, namely an identifiable offensive profile.
UTSA 23 – UCR 28 HALFTIME
A 10-2 run down the stretch puts the Roadrunners back in contention. Hill has been doing a solid job so far and hit a smooth three point shot to put UTSA within two before the Highlanders returned the favor on an open shot beyond the arch. The Roadrunners have had an uncharacteristically high amount of turnovers, leading to a sizable deficit when match with their offensive deficiencies. It must be a frustrating night for Highlander fans, as blown lay ups and fouls are keeping UTSA in this one. More new music in the convo, this time being J. Cole’s “Work Out”. Nice to hear some hip hop bumpin’.
Halftime Game Flow
UTSA 37 – UCR 39
Fast pace here in the second half, especially in comparison to that ugly start to the first. Franklin sinks two shots from the charity stripe to bring the Runners to within two. Just kidding, Highlanders hit another three to make it 37-42.
UTSA 41 – UCR 49
Don’t know where this deep-shooting accuracy came from, but it’s here. Highlanders are making everything from deep to give them an eight point lead despite a good effort from the Runners. Hill has 18 already.
UTSA 41 – UCR 53
Wow, make that a 12 point lead. Riverside is already over their scoring average, believe it or not.
UTSA 41 – UCR 55
If UTSA wants to win this game, they better do something quick. Game is starting to s l i p a w a y
UTSA 46 – UCR 55
The Runners heard my beckoning, as Hale drains a three pointer and a steal and jumper from Sei cuts the lead to nine. Riverside only has one timeout left and is playing Chavarria with four personal fouls..
UTSA 48 – UCR 59
Riverside can’t miss a shot tonight. I don’t know if it’s so much poor defense as much as it is hot shooting, but something’s got to give quick.
UTSA 50 – UCR 59
UCR just threw the ball away to give UTSA a chance to make this a ball game. Under four minutes left.
UTSA 52 – UCR 59
A successful trip to the free throw line makes it a seven point game with three minutes to play. Riverside has six fouls to UTSA’s four.
UTSA 52 – UCR 61
Tough call on UTSA there. Melvin missed a contested fast break lay up that Kannon tipped in, but offensive interference was called as Burrage had a hand on the rim before the dunked the ball. UTSA burns a full time out.
UTSA 52 – UCR 63
UTSA is on the line shooting two, but that last bucket from Riverside should wrap this up.
UTSA 59 – UCR 64
Hey there. UTSA works quick to make it a six point game on the back of a Jeromie Hill three.
UTSA 65 – UCR 70
That’ll do it folks. A little recap will be posted above.
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