SAN ANTONIO — UTSA defeated I-35 rivals Texas State in front of 1,587 fans at the Convocation Center Thursday night after a lead guard shot on goal late in the second half Jafet Medor who entered 11 of the last 12 Roadrunner points.
The Roadrunners (3-1) have had their best start since the 2012-13 season after winning three of four early in the season. The Bobcats (2-2) trailed for most of the first half but took the lead a few times in the second half. UTSA used his point guard’s late hit to pull away from the Bobcats and trip them up.
Medor finished the game with a career-high 16 points on 5-7 shooting and went 6-8 on the charity streak. He also threw in five rebounds and two assists to round out his impressive evening. John Bugs III notched his second consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 13 points and a career-high eight boards. The UTSA senior also had his second straight double-digit performance, his third this season, with 12 points and five rebounds. DJ Richards had another big night off the bench, connecting with three of four three-pointers and giving the Roadrunners nine points and seven rebounds. aleu aleu also had a solid evening off the bench as the Austin senior grabbed nine team-high rebounds and scored four points.
UTSA came out firing and took the first seven points of the game ahead of a three- and four-pointer Isaiah Add-Ankrah from Germany. The Bobcats cut the lead to just two, 12-10 as the two teams entered the U16 media timeout. UTSA went off the break thanks to a three-pointer from Richards, a free throw from Medor and a quick 6-2 run Josh Farmer 18 foot jumper. Texas State leveled the score at 20 apiece and went 25-23 with about four minutes to go. UTSA ended the first half on an 8-2 run and went into the break with a 31-27 lead.
The Bobcats quickly took the game to 31 and opened the second half with a 4-0 sprint. UTSA then got back-to-back triples from Richards and led 37-33. The two teams traded four-point leads as Texas State reclaimed the 45-41 lead with just under 12 minutes left. The roadrunner ripped off an eight-nothing run from there as Aleu and Buggs buried triples and Medor and Germany converted layups to give UTSA a 51-45 lead. The Bobcats had one more rally in store, taking the lead 54-53 with just under four minutes to go. When the game was going through a rough patch, UTSA turned to Medor to get them through the night. The Wellington, Fla. native scored 11 of the last 12 Roadrunner points, made three layups and conceded five freebies at the line. Medor’s late shot on goal gave UTSA just enough to defeat Texas State 61-56.
Statistics of the game
The Roadrunners retained the lead by 34-10 and maintained solid game control throughout, while Texas State led by just 3-32.
UTSA will welcome Prairie View A&M to town on November 22 for a competition scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. This game will be streamed on CUSA.tv and broadcast on Ticket 760 AM. The matchup with Prairie View A&M is the final vote for the Roadrunners before the 210 San Antonio Shootout they will host later this month.
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