WAC leading scorer James Kinney was held in check for the 1st half only netting 3 points on a trey. He came out on a mission in the 2nd half exploding for 19 points, going 8 for 11, to finish with his average of 22.
Down 36-30 at the break, the Runners used an 8-2 run to tie the game at 38 all. Kinney then started to assert himself with two straight buckets. The Runners would not get any closer as Kinney and the rest of the Spartans would shoot a blistering 67% from the field in the 2nd half.
Chris Cunningham would establish his 6'9" 240lb frame down low and pound away for 19 points and clean the glass for 8 rebounds. Teammate, Alex Brown would use his long wingspan and 6'11" height to also make his presence felt in the interior. He had a solid line of 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
When it wasn't the Spartans size and length, it was their quickness and shooting ability from the perimeter that was too much for the Runners to overcome. Senior LaVanne Pennington came of the bench to add firepower and dropped 16 points. More importantly, he would burn the Runners going 4 of 7 from downtown.
Jeromie Hill would lead the way for UTSA with 22 points as the offense showed life. For the first time this season, including Hill, UTSA had four players score in double figures: Sims with 12, Hale and Burrage each with 11. For the second straight game, junior Jordan Sims was firing away from deep, nailing 4 on 9 shots.
UTSA shot 29 3-pointers, matching last games attempts, and dialed in 11. In the end, it wasn't a horrible shooting night as UTSA shot 40% from the field and 38% from long distance. Simply put, the Runners just couldn't get the stops they needed.
As Head Coach Brooks Thomposon discussed during post game, he has no worries about the offense, but if teams are consistently shooting fifty and sixty percent against his team, it will be a long season.
The Runners were out-rebounded, 35-29, but held the edge on the offensive glass, 14-11. Hill was tops with 7 boards and Edrico McGregor continues to rebound when in the game, grabbing 6.
The Runners now prepare for their first ever WAC road game as they visit New Mexico State (6-7, 0-1 in WAC play) on Thursday. Tip is set for 6 p.m. Central.