Jackson’s game-winner lifts UTSA past North Texas
With the final seconds ticking away and the score tied against North Texas on Saturday in the Convocation Center, UTSA guard Jhivvan Jackson was in his element.
He was having one of his worst games with the Roadrunners, but he wanted the ball in his hands with a chance to win the game.
“Those are times players like me live for,” Jackson said. “I love when games are right there, especially intense and close at the end. It really shows who we are.”
Jackson only added to the chaos. He caught the ball in a one-on-one situation on the right wing, and he said he wanted to take a one-dribble, pull-up jumper. But Jackson slipped, and the ball popped out of his hands. He quickly regained possession, spun and hit an off-balance shot from about 18 feet to lift UTSA to a 76-74 win.
“I really don’t know how,” Jackson said, “but it went in.”
UTSA (10-7) is on a seven-game winning streak for the first time since 2008-09 and matched a program record with a 4-0 start in league play, last done in 1988-89.
The win over North Texas (16-2, 4-1) puts UTSA alone atop the Conference USA standings.
“It has a nice ring to it,” UTSA coach Steve Henson said of his team’s first-place position. “Our guys were pretty excited in the locker room. They know we haven’t done enough yet. Really, we’re 4-0, but we played three home games. We’ve gone on the road and won once. If we’re going to do something special, we really have just gotten started.”