- San Antonio, TX
With :40 seconds to play and UTSA
leading 71-70, McMurry decided not to foul the ‘Runners, but instead play defensive.
Hyjii Thomas, who had scored a career high 23 points in the game, was double teamed at the top of the key as the shot clock ran down. He passed it to Devon Agusi, who was forced into a tough shot.
The rebound bounced out to halfcourt. That is when McMurry's Will Adams picked it up, took two dribbles, and launched a 30 footer on the run that banked in. The shot simply shocked the ‘Runners.
"I saw the double team coming. I moved the ball," said Thomas. "We had a chance, but the ball took a crazy bounce. That's part of the game."
UTSA now falls to 0-3 to start the 2013-14 season. While the buzzer beater will get plenty of attention, there were plenty other mistakes during the game that put the ‘Runners in that situation.
"That shot isn't what beat us," said UTSA Head Coach Brooks Thompson. "We just made too many mistakes in the second half."
UTSA built as much as an 8 point lead (the largest of the game) in the second half, but they simply could not shake McMurry.
"I felt like that is when we started to make bonehead plays," said Thompson. "Instead of just executing and working the clock, our guys were just making not very smart plays."
In the second half, UTSA missed 11 free throws and shot a dismal 1 for 6 from behind the arc.
"We have to play with a higher intensity the whole time," said Thomas. "We tend to relax at times. We have to come together and do it all at once during each and every possession."
Thomas led three scorers in double digits with a career high 23 points. Devon Agusi scored 12 points while Keon Lewis pitched in 11 points.
Both teams seemed to have difficulty getting into a flow as the game was marred by many, many fouls. UTSA and McMurry combined to shoot a total of 78 free throws (UTSA 27 for 44; McMurry 20 for 34).
There is no rest for the ‘Runners as they continue what will be a three-game week for them as they host Texas Pan Am on Thursday at 7pm.
"We've got to bounce back," said Thompson. "Our guys will be ready to come and fight."
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In a back and forth second half, McMurry drained a 30 foot three pointer off the backboard at the buzzer to beat UTSA 73-71 Monday at the Convocation Center.