San Antonio – UTSA lost to Rice in overtime on Monday night, 88-81. Japhet Medall He recorded the first 30-point game by a Roadrunner since Keaton Wallace did it in the 2020-21 season.
UTSA (7-12, 1-7 C-USA) has fallen for the fourth straight time following Monday’s defeat.The Roadrunners were again without a senior big man Jacob Germany Missed 2 games in a row due to a head injury. Rice (13-5, 4-3) had two excellent performances of his own, leading to an 18-point comeback. His two-time C-USA Player of the Week Quincy Olivari had his 30 points and he had eight rebounds, while Max Fiedler achieved the second triple in Rice history with his double, 24 points, Recorded 13 boards and 11 assists.
Medor led UTSA in scoring for the afternoon as the 30 points for senior transfers set a new benchmark for the most points scored by a Roadrunner this season. Medor also had a team-high five assists and went 6-8 from the charity stripes. DJ Richards He scored 14 points, knocked down four triples, and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the second straight game. John Buggs III He added 13 points of his own, knocked down three triples, and had two boards and one assist. ale ale He played big in his second start of the season, scoring 9 points with 8 rebounds. Josh Farmer He led all UTSA bench production as the sophomore tallied 7 points and 7 rebounds on his block.
After getting the opening chip, Rice got an and-one off the bat to take an early 3-0 lead. The Roadrunners overtook the lead at the 18:06 mark thanks to Allue’s layup and Medor’s jumper, which he overtook 4-3. The two teams got off to a blistering start as he held on to his 15-14 lead in the first media timeout. As the media timeout expired, UTSA rattled off with his 12–0 run to take his 13-point lead interrupted by Richards’ jumping shot on him. UTSA extended their lead to a game-high 18 at his 4:07 mark and was in firm control in the first half of play. UTSA had a half lead at 13, 45-32, with him shooting 47.2% over the arc and 44.4% from deep. His 45 first-half points were his second-most points put out in any game by UTSA this season. At the break, Medall had 19, more than in his entire production against Charlotte, with Richards at 11 and Bugs at 9.
Much of the second half played out like the first, with UTSA answering every rice basket with their own, keeping the Owls at arm’s length and leading 16, 65-49 with 8:25 remaining. But that’s when Rice started to take the Roadrunner’s lead, the Owls slowly but surely cramming him into UTSA’s cushion and with 3:20 left, the lead he had shrunk to eight. The Owls this season saw him go into three overtime games to close out the game to the end. Travis Evey’s pair of free throws were countered with a Medor layup, followed by a Fiedler layup and Evey’s 3, making it a three-point contest. Rice’s Mekhi Mason scored a fast break on his layup and suddenly UTSA’s lead was 1 with 31 seconds remaining. Following Mason’s layup, the Owls applied a press, forcing a turnover and scoring another Evie his basket to take their first lead since 3-2. UTSA called a timeout with his play in the Final in mind, making Medor iso. He drove to the Cup with four seconds remaining and was fouled on a shot at 1.1 on the clock. Medor’s first free throw was missed, but he was able to make the second free throw. Rice flipped a baseball inbounds pass, sending the game into overtime as the team was tied 72-all.
Rice started overtime just as he started the game. It won the chip and converted on the first offensive possession on the jumper. UTSA came back with his 3-pointer by Farmer to regain the lead at 75-74. But from there, Rice outscored his UTSA 14-6 thanks to his eight clutch free throws and solid defense to take his second overtime win of the season. rice field.
Following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day game against Rice, UTSA will be back in action on Thursday, January 19, welcoming the 24th Florida Atlantic to the Calling Center. Thursday night’s game is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM and will be streamed on ESPN+ and aired at 760 AM for tickets.
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