If there was one word to describe the first half of the UTSA men’s basketball game tonight in the Convocation Center, it would be sloppy. Fortunately for the Roadrunners (3-3), their opponent Lamar University (1-5) hasn’t been much tighter.
For starters, there have been 26 fouls in the first half, and just four minutes into the game, UTSA had four fouls and five points. Jacob Germany picked up two of the team’s early fouls and was substituted out for Luka Barisic. Germany was key in Sunday’s blowout victory over Our Lady of the Lake University, in which he recorded a double-double.
UTSA’s offense struggled early as Jhivvan Jackson, the team’s leading scorer, couldn’t find his shot for the first six minutes of the game. Of the 20 minutes of the first period, the Roadrunners trailed for 15 minutes. As a team, UTSA shot just 35% (8% from three-point range), and was led in the half by Barisic’s 10 points.
As much as the Roadrunners struggled with fouls, the Lamar University Cardinals were right there with them, as they committed 17 fouls to go with UTSA’s nine fouls. For the Cardinals, they’re fortunate that the Roadrunners’ shooting woes extended to the charity stripe, where UTSA hit just 11 of their 21 free-throw attempts. Lamar shot the ball decent, connecting on 45% of their attempts from the field, and 30% from deep. Leading the way was Davion Buster, their season leader, who had 11 points on 4-9 shooting, including 3-6 from three.
As we get set for the second half, we’ll see if coaches Henson and Price, of UTSA and Lamar respectively, can get their teams to clean it up down the stretch. For the Roadrunners, Jhivvan Jackson will need to continue to find his shot to provide a spark for the team, and it would be a bonus if Keaton Wallace could get it going this season, starting tonight. The Cardinals are averaging only 58 points per game, so they’re on their pace, but would obviously like to raise that number. This game could come down to whoever gets hot first.