Louisiana Tech keeps UTSA winless in Conference USA play – San Antonio Express-News

Louisiana Tech keeps UTSA winless in Conference USA play – San Antonio Express-News

Louisiana Tech keeps UTSA winless in Conference USA play – San Antonio Express-News

UTSA guard Darius McNeill (1) looks to pass during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol watches on from the sideline during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA center Jacob Germany (24) is introduced prior to the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol addresses his team during a timeout during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Lousisana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. (2) takes a layup during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Lousisana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. (2) goes up with the ball the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA forward Lachlan Bofinger (11) drives the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Louisiana Tech guard Exavian Christon (21) and UTSA guard Eric Czumbel (10) dive for a loose ball during the Conference USA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA head coach Steve Henson disputes a call during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Lousisana Tech guard Cobe Williams (24) shoots a 3 during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Louisiana Tech guard David Green (23) dunks the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA forward Phoenix Ford (12) blocks the shot of Louisiana Tech guard Kaleb Stewart (4) during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA guard Darius McNeill (1) passes the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA center Jacob Germany (24) shoots the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas. [Sam Grenadier/San Antonio Express-News]
UTSA guard Christian Tucker (2) dunks the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA forward Cedrick Alley Jr. (0) shoots the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA center Jacob Germany (24) shoots over Louisiana Tech forward Kenny Hunter (1) during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Lousisana Tech guard Amorie Archibald (3) dunks the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA guard Jordan Ivy-Curry (21) dribbles the ball during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA head coach Steve Henson calls to his bench from the sideline during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
UTSA head coach Steve Henson watches from the sideline during the Conference USA basketball game against Louisiana Tech Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Lousisana Tech forward Kenny Hunter (1) shoots over the outstretched arm of UTSA center Jacob Germany (24) during the Conference USA basketball game against UTSA Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Louisiana Tech sank 14 3-pointers in a 79-63 rout of UTSA on Saturday at the Convocation Center, withholding from the Roadrunners their first win in Conference USA play.
“We knew they have a whole bunch of guys that are good 3-point shooters,” UTSA coach Steve Henson said. “They always step into their shots. They’re a really good passing team, I think that’s one of the things that probably gets overlooked. Their spacing is great.”
Jordan Ivy-Curry marked his fifth straight game in double figures with a team-high 22 points, while Jacob Germany registered his third double-double of the season with 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.
Germany is averaging 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four games.
“The rebound number is really good,” Henson said. “His thing is going to continue to be defensive effort. Offensively, he’s terrific.”
Louisiana Tech built an early 9-0 lead as sophomore guard Cobe Williams rattled off three 3-pointers in the game’s first five minutes.
“They jumped out on us,” Henson said. “Williams is such a good penetrator. He’s so quick. We wanted to do whatever we could to get him out of the paint, but he knocked down a couple threes.”
UTSA (7-9, 0-3 Conference USA) came out in a 2-3 zone to try and limit Kenneth Lofton Jr.’s success down low and succeeded early, with the forward looking visibly frustrated at his team’s inability to feed him the ball. The reigning Conference USA freshman of the year managed just six points on 3-of-7 shooting in the first half.
“He’s really good,” Henson said. “We just tried to get a crowd around him. That’s why they also had a lot of 3-point opportunities. You gotta pick your poison.”
Lofton finished the afternoon with 12 points and 16 rebounds, a game removed from an 11-point, 18-board performance against UTEP on Thursday. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound big man registered his ninth double-double of the season.
The Roadrunners received a burst off the bench when Lamin Sabally checked in, using a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game. The freshman from Berlin sank a three and connected on a driving layup to put UTSA in front, 14-13.
“He’s got a great approach,” Henson said. “He didn’t play much, then all of the sudden we start him, pull him out of the starting lineup. I’m not trying to mess with him, I love what he’s doing. I think certain nights other guys are gonna step up, I thought he was terrific tonight.”
The score was tied at 16-16 midway through the first half, but Louisiana Tech sparked a 20-6 run fueled largely by senior guard Amorie Archibald, who tallied 12 points and two assists during that stretch and a career-high 31 points on the night. The Bulldogs took a 40-26 lead into halftime.
Louisiana Tech (13-3, 4-0) came out of the second half on an 11-4 run to extend its lead to 21. The Bulldogs made each of their first six 3-point attempts in the frame, including treys from Archibald and former UIW guard Keaston Willis.
The Bulldogs maintained a 20-point advantage intermittently throughout the remainder of the game, but UTSA closed the gap with a 5-0 run and held Louisiana Tech scoreless for the final 3:51.
“I have a great deal of respect for this team,” Henson said. “I think they’re one of the top two or three teams in the league. They’ve got depth, they’ve got so many good players. We didn’t make enough plays to give ourselves a legitimate chance to win.”

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