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UTSA Basketball Picks Up Win Over OLLU 102-70

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After Our Lady of the Lake University took down the Texas State Bobcats earlier this month on December 12th, Sunday’s contest for the Roadrunners looked a little closer on paper. When the final buzzer sounded, however, UTSA left no doubt that they were up for the challenge.

UTSA convincingly beat the Saints of OLLU 102-70 in the Convocation Center on Sunday, picking up their third win of the season to even out their record at 3-3. For the Roadrunners, it was a bounce-back win after falling to Oregon State this past week.

Leading the assault was Jhivvan Jackson who played all but one minute in the first period, and finished with 30 minutes after exiting with 5:45 left in the game and a comfortable 87-60 lead for his team. Jhivvan, who had 23 points in the first period, finished the game with 27 points on 10-15 shooting (60%), six rebounds and four assists.

“Today I was not focused too much on my shot,” Jackson said after the game. “I wanted to get more in the paint. I think that worked out for me in the first half. The hole was wide open.”

Where Jhivvan dominated in the first half, he stepped aside in the second and his teammates responded. Jacob Germany had a great afternoon, posting a 17 point, 12 rebound double-double in 20 minutes. Germany made six of his nine attempts, and shot 5-6 from the free-throw line. Fellow big-man Luka Barisic added 14 points, and Keaton Wallace contributed another 13 points to round out the double-digit scorers for UTSA.

There were two teams in this contest, and for OLLU it was a rough day on the floor. San Antonio’s own Ethan White, had a good game, tying two teammates in scoring for the Saints with 14 points. White shot 50% on the afternoon, and picked up a couple of steals, but his range wasn’t with him as he went 1-5 from three-point range.

Alongside White, OLLU was lead by Jordan Embry and Ruben Monzon, who had 14 points as well. Monzon, who was the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Player of the Week two weeks ago, added 10 rebounds to give him a double-double. Jhivvan mentioned after the game that locking Monzon down was an important part of the game plan.

“We’re a good scouting team, so we game in the game not trying to let #5 on their team go off,” Jhivvan said speaking of Monzon. “I think we did a great job in the first half. He only had like three points if I’m not mistaken.”

With a win of this magnitude, Coach Henson was able to play every player on his bench, and all but one player were able to pick up points. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a perfect game for the Roadrunners though, and one area that Coach Henson would like to see improvement is the foul department. The Roadrunners had 14 fouls, seven in each quarter, which can be detrimental when UTSA enters the Conference-USA portion of the schedule in the coming weeks.

At the end of the day, the Roadrunners did what they needed to do. They shot 40% for the game, and that’s with the substitutions of bench players in the second half. (There were two stretches in the final 10 minutes where UTSA went on cold streaks, once missing seven straight shots, and later missing 12 straight over four consecutive minutes.) Compared to OLLU’s 32.8% for the game, and 21.7% from three-point range, UTSA was able to pick up the win. Additionally, the Roadrunners out-rebounded the 65-38, including 31-13 on the offensive glass, creating a number of scoring opportunities.

Up next for UTSA is Lamar University on Tuesday in another home game for the Roadrunners at the Convocation Center, and will be the team’s last for the calendar year of 2020. The Cardinals enter the game 1-6, having lost their last two games.

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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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