The second game of a back-to-back tends to be a bit tighter contest than the first game, and such is the case today between the FAU Owls (8-8, 3-4) and the UTSA Roadrunners (11-9, 7-6) through the first half at the Convocation Center where UTSA leads 44-37.
— UTSA Basketball (@UTSAMBB) February 13, 2021
Right from the opening minutes, it was apparent that the Owls are more to form this afternoon after playing their first game in over two weeks last night in a loss to the Roadrunners. After exchanging small early runs, the score was quickly knotted up today and was back and forth for most of the opening period, though UTSA has led for 16 of the 20 minutes.
For UTSA, Jhivvan Jackson picked right up from where he left things last night after first allowing his teammates to get involved. In fact, Jackson didn’t even attempt his first shot until eight minutes had already ticked off the clock, yet still finished the half with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting, and 2-of-four from deep. The fourth-year guard first got involved elsewhere on the stat sheet, finishing the opening frame with five rebounds and six assists as well.
Jhivvan is getting it done across the stat sheet today. 10 pts | 5 reb | 5 ast
Triple-double on the way? 3 mins left in the 1st half. #BirdsUp🤙
— Jonas Clark (@jarkclonas) February 13, 2021
Where Jhivvan’s success rolled over from yesterday, sophomore center Jacob Germany hasn’t found the same footing, scoring seven points on 33% shooting, which is off from his 16 first-half points on Friday. To his credit, FAU looks much more prepared for how to defend him, and his midrange shot isn’t hitting like it was. Where yesterday was dominated by Germany and Jackson, today is much more balanced, with all Roadrunners who’ve touched the floor finding the bucket, with the exception of Phoenix Ford.
On the other side of the court, FAU has looked sharper, most notably cutting back on the turnovers, which plagued the team early on yesterday. Kenan Blackshear, who hit a pair of key three-point shots in the closing minutes on Friday, once again leads the Owls in scoring with eight first-half points, but has missed both of his attempts from beyond the arc. FAU has been active in the paint, leading the Roadrunners in both rebounds and points down low.
This is going to be a close one, and looks to have all the drama of last night’s finish when all is said and done. The second half is next on ESPN+. Be sure to come back after the game for a recap of the action.