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Roadrunners refocused after record comeback

January 31, 2019

In the hours following UTSA’s record-breaking comeback against Old Dominion on Saturday, junior guard Giovanni De Nicolao watched the clip of the ending sequence five or six times.

Keaton Wallace’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining was the final blow as the Roadrunners erased a 17-point deficit in a little more than three minutes to win 74-73. De Nicolao reviewed the play from every vantage point, taking in the reactions from the bench and the crowd.

“That was a peak, definitely, for my career,” said De Nicolao, a starter in 88 consecutive games for UTSA. “Everybody was on their feet. Everybody was screaming and jumping. I was, too.”

Returning to the Convocation Center for practice this week, the Roadrunners have focused on harnessing the comeback for added energy rather than letting the success become a distraction.

UTSA (12-9, 6-2 Conference USA) continues league play with road games against Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. Thursday and Marshall at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Our guys are pretty mature with most of that,” UTSA coach Steve Henson said. “We try not to get too carried away when we win a game. We try not to get too low if we lose a game. So our guys certainly were feeling good all weekend. We got a lot of attention from this one, but they knew they had to get right back in here and get to work.”

greg.luca@express-news.net

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