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UTSA Holds Off FAU To Improve to 9-1 At Home and Win Third Straight

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With the win Friday night, the UTSA Roadrunners are officially streaking! The Roadrunners picked up the victory against the FAU Owls (8-8, 3-4) to improve to 11-9 (7-6) on the season and increase their home record to 9-1 while UTSA continues to gain ground for seeding in the conference tournament. It wasn’t easy though.

“Once again, we brought too much drama into this one,” UTSA head coach Steve Henson said after the game, and he wasn’t wrong. With two minutes left in the game, the Roadrunners led 78-70. Neither team scored again until there was 33 seconds left, and that’s when things got interesting.

At the 33 second mark, FAU turned to fouling to extend the game, and it was Jhivvan Jackson who was sent to the line and made both attempts to extend UTSA’s lead to ten points. FAU inbounded the ball and got down court quickly for Kenan Blackshear to sink a three-point shot to close the gap to 80-73.


Following a Keaton Wallace bad pass, FAU’s Michael Forrest hit from deep himself to bring the Owls within four points, 80-76. The Roadrunners inbounded to Jhivvan, and he was immediately fouled again on the fastbreak and sent to the line. Jackson hit both attempts again to put UTSA back up by six points.

With 13 seconds left on the clock BJ Greenlee missed from beyond the arc, but Blackshear got the ball and put it back up from the perimeter. The shot went in, and Blackshear was fouled on the play, putting him at the line for the and-one, which he made. The teams were now separated by two points with eight seconds left.

Forced to foul again, FAU hit Keaton Wallace to put him at the charity stripe, shooting one-and-one. Wallace, who had a fairly quiet night offensively otherwise, hit both shots to effectively ice the game and seal the Roadrunner victory.

You can breathe now.

At the end of the game, sophomore center Jacob Germany noted that it really was a grind in the closing moments. “We had to be the tougher team,” he told the media. “In the end we really turned up our toughness and came out with the win.”

The team really did, but all game it was Germany doing his work in the low-post that provided the consistent toughness on both ends of the court for UTSA in this one. The big-man scored a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds (five offensive) and three blocked shots in 33 minutes of action. His scoring wasn’t just his standard stuff around the rim either, showing off a midrange that hasn’t really been shown this season but here and there. “I didn’t feel any different than any other days,” he said of his performance and shooting, “I get one or two to drop, and then it’s just natural instincts.”

Getting it to “drop” alongside Germany was Cedrick Alley Jr and Jhivvan Jackson, who as a trifecta, combined for 70 of UTSA’s 84 points in the game. Jackson had another big night scoring 30 points, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He also added six points and six rebounds. Alley Jr, the transfer from Houston this year, tied his second best scoring performance of the season with 14 points shooting 5-of-8 from the floor while making a pair of three-pointers and both free throw attempts. He barely missed his first double-double of the season with eight rebounds.

Defensively, the Roadrunners played well against a FAU team that was possibly shaking off some rust in the opening minutes of this game, playing their first action since January 27th due to COVID-19 concerns in their previous two matchups. The Owls had four players in double digits, led by Kenan Blackshear’s 20 points to go along with his team-leading ten rebounds for a double-double. He was the man of the moment, hitting threes when it mattered, connecting on 3-of-5 attempts from deep. As a team, FAU was held to 39.7% shooting from the floor and 38% from the perimeter. Their four missed free throws were the difference in the end.

Coming down the stretch of the season, if UTSA can continue to play this type of complete game, there’s no reason the team can’t make some noise for a conference title run. “Each game we get in the win column, that’s just fuel in the fire,” Germany said after the game on picking up the win. “We’re trying to be one of those teams that gets hot at the right time and makes a run in the tournament.”

The Roadrunners will look to put more fuel on the fire Saturday afternoon in the second game of the back-to-back against the Owls. The game will be streaming live on ESPN+, with tip-off set for 3pm CST. Be sure to check in here at halftime and after the game for notes and storylines from the action.

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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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