- San Antonio, TX
Four Roadrunners scored in double figures as UTSA
shook off early rust to cruise to an 80-60 victory at the Convocation Center on Thursday.
Forward Jordan Sims was the most consistent Roadrunner on the night as he led all UTSA scorers with 16 points. He went 4 for 8 from three point land.
But the story of the game was back up point guard Keon Lewis, who came in the game and jump started the offense midway through the first half.
Lewis finised with 14 points, most of them coming from the free throw line. Lewis went 10 for 14 from the charity stripe. More than just score points, he commanded the offense in an efficient manner.
Hyjii Thomas also came in off the bench and added an explosive 14 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the field.
Edrico McGregor, getting the start at center on the night, poured in 12 points on 6 for 11 shooting from the field.
Reserve George Matthews also added a pair of three pointers to help the ‘Runners pull away from SE Oklahoma State in the second half.
Overall, it was a solid offensive performance from the ‘Runners as they shot 45% from the field. UTSA also shot 44% from three point land.
Post game, Head Coach Brooks Thompson characterized the team as a work in progress. Tweleve players saw time on the floor. Thompson summarized the rotation as still unsettled as nine players saw the floor in the first 8 minutes of the game.
UTSA has nine days before they open the regular season in earnest vs Northern Arizona on Nov. 9.
POST GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Brooks Thompson:
"We did some good things. Late in the first half is when we were playing our best basketball. There are some bright spots and positives to take away from this. There are also some glaring things we know we need to work on."
On back up point guard Keon Lewis playing well:
"He did (jump start the offense). He has a knack to get to that free throw line. We know what kind of player he's going to be. He knows how to play."
On starting point guard Devon Agusi:
"He came in and was under control. I thought he did a good job getting our guys in position and quarterbacking the team. We're going to watch the film but Devon doesn't deserve to lose his spot. We'll go with whatever is best for the team."
On being shooting well on the night:
"I hope we can do it every night. Early on I didn't think we were ready to play yet. We settled in. We've got guys who can make shots."
Senior Forward Jordan Sims
"It's amazing. We're getting to the end (of my career) but I'm excited for the season. I had a good game, a good start."
On his development as a Roadrunner:
"I have developed a lot. I've been in the gym all summer, I've been here every day. I can put it on the floor more so that's going to open up a lot more things. I'm real comfortable. I've been here for awhile. I've just learned to adjust."
Back up Point Guard Keon Lewis:
"I felt good. I felt comfortable. That's my natural position. Just being a floor general, that's what I do. I just came in and brought instant energy."
On the team's performance:
"We did alright. We need to get a lot better, we need to fix some little things and practice will fix that."
On his offensive performance:
"That's what I will bring to this team night in and night out."
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