The Roadrunners managed an impressive comeback on Thursday night as they managed a 69-38 win over Middle Tennessee at the Convocation Center. It was an impressive performance from Kaj-Bjorn Sherman and Jeromie Hill were able to hit a combined 38 points and 19 rebounds.
It was very nearly a career high for Sherman as he hit 20 points, with all bar three of them coming in the second half. Hill managed a double-double as he hit 18 points and 12 rebounds in an effort to defend his Conference USA Player of the Week, which sees his career total up to 1,515 points and 738 rebounds, becoming just the second Roadrunner to hit 1,500 points and 700 rebounds, alongside Devin Brown (1,922/751).
Two other Roadrunners managed double figures as Ryan Bowie managed 16 points and Keon Lewis was able to hit 10 points. UTSA had a bigger second half than the first as they managed their comeback shooting at 59.1% in the second half to bring their total percentage up to 52.3.
It was an entertaining game at the convocation center as both teams really started the match on fire, with the Roadrunners taking an early lead. UTSA managed to shoot 6-of-9 in those early stages to hit out a 15-11 lead with Bowie starting his run of four straight triples with the final basket in the run.
Bowie was impressive in the first half as he lead the Roadrunners with an impressive 12 points, as the Roadrunners spread the wealth more in the first half. UTSA were able to push a three-pointer to stretch their lead out to 24-17 but then they went cold.
That allowed Middle Tennessee to really go on a run hitting seven of their last eight shots, as the Roadrunners were held scoreless from the field for the final eight minutes. That saw Middle Tennessee to go on a 15-1 run which let them take a 38-31 lead in to the break.
Facing a seven point deficit in the second half the Roadrunners got hot in the opening stages of the second half which saw them retake the lead. They used a 15-3 run started by a Hill steal for a Lewis layup, and after a response from Middle Tennessee UTSA managed nine unanswered points to make it 42-41.
But Middle Tennessee just kept on bugging the Roadrunners and with just over ten minutes to play they were back in front. It came from a Darnell Harris trey that put them 52-51 up, but that would be as good as it would get as they could only manage two more baskets the rest of the way.
A Hill three-pointer started a dominant run as UTSA held the Blue Raiders to 7:45 scoreless minutes as they took the lead for good. Sherman managed two baskets in the run, along with two free throws to give UTSA a 63-54 lead.
A layup finally broke the Middle Tennessee drought, but it mattered little as Hill continued to score which saw the Roadrunners to cruise. In the end it was a simple finish in the final stages as UTSA easily saw out the 69-58 win.