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Halftime: UTSA 49 @ FIU 25


It’s raining outside of the FIU Ocean Bank Arena, and after one half of basketball between UTSA and Florida International, it’s officially raining inside too.

The UTSA Roadrunners, fresh off their first road win of the season on Friday night against the Panthers, seemingly can’t miss on this Saturday afternoon, as UTSA leads FIU 49-25 at halftime. The Roadrunners have shot the roof off the gym and it’s pouring for UTSA, shooting 56.7% from the floor and 63.6% from the perimeter.

At first glance on the stat sheet, the Panthers don’t appear to be having a bad day, shooting 41% and an acceptable 33% from deep, but as you keep scrolling, the team’s 16 first-half turnovers really stand out, with all five starter contributing to the total, and Tevin Brewer accountable for four of them. That’s really hurt FIU, as UTSA has scored 20 points off of those turnovers so far, which is rather light given the total.

FIU has struggled with multiple scoring droughts which have contrasted greatly with UTSA’s efficiency on the floor. Antonio Daye leads the Panthers with just seven points in the first half, despite playing 15 minutes. Not having a pad day shooting, Daye has hit 50% of his shots, and is 1-of-2 from three-point range, but missed both of his attempts from the foul line. Daye is also tied for the team lead in assists (2), is second in rebounds (2) and leads FIU with a pair of steals.

The story is much different for UTSA who was paced through the first half by Jhivvan Jackson who has 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, connecting on 4-of-6 from the perimeter. Cedric Alley Jr and Keaton Wallace each backed up Jackson with six points, and Wallace led the team with three assists. Jordan Ivy-Curry has had himself another decent game, finishing the half with five points and four rebounds. The Roadrunners have been very active on defense, forcing 11 steals, led by Erik Czumbel’s three swipes.

The second half is next from Miami between the Roadrunners and the Panthers, and can be watched on ESPN+.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.


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