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UTSA opens Thanksgiving Classic with home loss to NIU Huskies

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SAN ANTONIO – The UTSA Roadrunners opened up their traditional Thanksgiving Classic with a 69-55 loss to the NIU Huskies at the Convocation Center on Friday night.

The loss kicked off the first of two games for the Roadrunners as part of their Thanksgiving Classic. The defeat was the fourth straight for UTSA, who have not won since their season opener.

NIU (4-1) opened the game strong, taking a 15-2 lead. The deficit would prove too much for UTSA despite them going on an 8-1 run in the second quarter, led by sophomore Tija Hawkins. The Huskies never trailed as they took a 22-point lead over the final two quarters, cruising to victory.


The Roadrunners were led by Hawkins’ 13 points, while Crystal Chidomere added 12 in the loss. UTSA committed 21 turnovers in the game, which saw them dig themselves a deeper hole when they had already cut the deficit down to 12.

Up next: The UTSA Roadrunners are now 1-4 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. to wrap up the classic against North Dakota. 

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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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