Two In A Row

Two In A Row

Coming off their most impressive game of the season vs Texas State last week, the UTSA Men's Basketball team was looking to build momentum heading into the WAC Tournament in a few weeks. InsideRunnerSports recaps the Bracket Busters win over Nicholls on Saturday.

For the second game in a row UTSA came out red hot offensively as they downed Nicholls 76-58.

The ‘Runners shot a blistering 53% from the field and were 50% from behind the arc in the first half. They jumped out early to a lead they would never look back from.

"We're playing our best basketball," said Head Coach Brooks Thompson. "This is the best time to be playing your best."

The lead ballooned to as much as 23 in the 2nd half as it appeared the UTSA offense would be able to do what it wanted.

"We're getting better shots," said Thompson. "We're being more patient with the shot clock and letting the defense dictate what shots we're going to take. It's confidence, but also just getting comfortable in the offense and everybody getting comfortable together. The biggest thing that we've done recently is that we're really sharing the ball."

The UTSA Big Three (Kannon Burrage, Michael Hale III, and Jeromie Hill) played well, combining for 49 points.

"When we start moving the ball and playing as a team, we're dangerous," said Hill.

For Hill, Saturday's game was the second straight contest in which he's played well since returning from a knee injury.

"I've been working on my fitness trying to take pressure off my knee," said Hill. "It's been paying off. My shot has improved. I feel like I'm back to where I was my freshman year."

With just four games remaining in the regular season it appears UTSA is beginning to gain some momentum.

"I still think we're a good team," said Burrage. "We feel we can win the rest of the games on our schedule. We know it's not going to be easy. We have to practice hard and come out and play hard."

The players certainly believe they are capable of finishing the season strong.

"I don't think we should fear anyone in the WAC," said Hill. "I really believe that this team at its peak can truly surprise people."

UTSA returns to WAC play Thursday night as they host Idaho.

"We had opportunities at Idaho, we felt like we could win that game," said Thompson." I feel like we're playing our best basketball of the year, that's not just going to relay into wins but I feel good going down the home stretch."

Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm at the Convocation Center.

- Brooks Thompson Jacket Stat: Thompson's jacket made it throught the entire 40 minutes of action Saturday. Interesting to note, Thompson has not worn a tie for the past two game (both Roadrunner victories). "I'm throwing them all away," Thompson joked about his ties." We're going to keep it like this, I'll promise you that."

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