FACTS & STATS: Site: Marriott Center (20,900) -- Provo, Utah. Television: BYUtv. Home Record: UTSA 2-0, BYU 2-0. Away Record: UTSA 1-0, BYU 0-0. Neutral Record: UTSA 1-1, BYU 0-2. Conference Record: UTSA 0-0, BYU 0-0. Series Record: First meeting.
GAME NOTES: The BYU Cougars look to get back on track against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners on Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup at the Marriott Center.
The Roadrunners are in for a rough stretch coming up with road contests in six straight games beginning on Wednesday. During that stretch the Roadrunners will try to duplicate the success they have had through the first four games (3-1) that included wins over Holy Cross and Old Dominion. In UTSA's home opener on Saturday the Roadrunners took down USC Upstate 67-59.
BYU needs to bounce back after being handed back-to-back setbacks in its last two games. Both came against NCAA Tournament teams from last season, Florida State (88-70) and Notre Dame (78-68). Before that the Cougars had gotten off to a solid start with double-digit victories over Tennessee State (81-66) and Georgia State (80-62). This will be the first of consecutive home games for the Cougars.
This is the first-ever meeting between these two teams.
It took a second half surge for UTSA to top USC Upstate, as the Roadrunners trailed by as many as 14 points in the contest. The Roadrunners shooting woes in the first half (7-of-19) were quickly erased as the team shot at a 54.5 percent clip over the final 20 minutes to earn the victory. The Roadrunners overcame 20 turnovers in the contest and held a 37-26 edge in rebounds. Kannon Burrage was the top scorer in the game (19 points) while playing nearly the entire game (38 minutes).
The UTSA attack is led from the backcourt by the combination of Burrage and Michael Hale. Both are scoring 17 points per game through the first four games while showing no fear in shooting from anywhere on the court. Burrage has netted 8-of-23 shots from beyond the arc while Hale has been even more effective (9-of-19). Also in the starting backcourt is Jordan Sims (7.3 ppg) who is primarily used for his ability to shoot from the outside as 21 of his 24 field goal attempts have come from beyond the arc, with nine of those shots falling. Jeromie Hill (13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) is a a sturdy option when the Roadrunners try to get it inside. As far as bench production goes, UTSA has not had a whole lot with Hyjii Thomas (4.0 ppg) the highest scoring reserve.
In BYU's loss to Notre Dame the Cougars fought tough, and even held a seven point lead into the second half, but in the end could not overcome what was a poor shooting night. The Cougars connected on only 38.1 percent of their shots overall including a 3-of-14 showing from beyond the arc. The Cougars did limit their own mistakes with just nine turnovers. For the fourth straight game Tyler Haws scored more than 20 points to lead all scorers.
The one-two punch of Haws and forward Brandon Davies have made up almost the entirety of BYU's offensive output. Haws (22.3 g, 7.0 rpg) and Davies (18.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg) are both scoring at a high rate, while leading the team on the glass as well. In fact the two have combined to account for 54.5 percent of the Cougars total offensive output. Brock Zylstra (9.8 ppg) is a capable scorer when teams have been able to force the ball out of either Haws' or Davies' hands, while starting point guard Matt Carlino (5.5 ppg. 5.5 apg) has gotten off to a good start in terms of setting up his teammates. Craig Cusick (6.0 ppg) is the top reserve.
Although it relies heavily on just two scorers, BYU has the ability to score both from the outside and within. The Roadrunners are a team that needs to shoot well from beyond the arc to win and that will be a tough sell in what should be a noisy Marriott Center.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: BYU 77, Texas-San Antonio 66
11/21 10:37:32 ET
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