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Poor shooting proves costly as UTSA loses at Louisiana Tech

February 17, 2019

UTSA struggled to connect from 3-point range in a 72-67 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.

The Roadrunners hit just 5 of 29 from beyond the arc (17.2 percent) — their lowest shooting percentage from 3-point range since Feb. 16, 2017.

Jhivvan Jackson scored 22 points on 9-of-25 shooting, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range. Keaton Wallace, limited to 28 minutes by foul trouble, added 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 4 of 10 from beyond the arc. Byron Frohnen posted a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Saturday’s game was close throughout, with neither team holding a lead larger than six points. After Jackson pulled UTSA into a tie on a layup with about two minutes to play, Louisiana Tech’s DaQuan Bracey hit two free throws and converted a layup off a steal to put Louisiana Tech ahead. Wallace kept the margin close by hitting a 3-pointer with about a minute remaining, but the Bulldogs hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

UTSA falls to 15-12 overall and 9-5 in Conference USA. The Roadrunners are part of a three-way tie for second place in the league standings, two games behind Old Dominion. Conference USA will set the final four regular season matchups tonight, pitting UTSA against the other four teams atop the league standings as part of its new “bonus play” system.