Fairleigh Dickinson (1-3) vs. Texas-San Antonio (3-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 24th, 8:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: McBrayer Arena (6,500) -- Richmond, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: FDU 1-0, UTSA 1-0. Away Record: FDU 0-3, UTSA 1-0. Neutral Record: FDU 0-0, UTSA 1-0. Conference Record: FDU 0-0, UTSA 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Winners of three straight to open the 2009-10 campaign, the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio try to keep the good times rolling as they challenge the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights as part of the Richmond Subregional of the CBE Classic at McBrayer Arena.
Before an estimated crowd of 200, the Roadrunners took care of UC Irvine in the most recent round of the tournament on Monday, posting a 66-56 triumph to remain unbeaten on the young season.
The Knights didn't have it so good however, losing for the third time in four tries yesterday in a 68-39 final versus Eastern Kentucky. The team has now lost all three road games by double digits.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting. The schools will be back in action tomorrow to finish off the run of three games in as many days as the Roadrunners clash with Eastern Kentucky and FDU battles UC Irvine.
The FDU offense was hard to find on Monday as the Knights shot a woeful 32.6 percent from the field and a mere 2-of-12 behind the three-point line in the lopsided loss to Eastern Kentucky. Fairleigh Dickinson had just seven players score, and only one of them made it into double digits as Alvin Mofunanya knocked down 6-of-11 from the floor to post 14 points. Mofunanya also led the team on the glass with seven rebounds and was guilty of only one of the unit's 18 turnovers. Mofunanya is currently scoring 12.8 ppg for the Knights, shooting an impressive 51.4 percent from the field in the process. He is also first on the glass (6.3 rpg) and has the most blocked shots (13) of anyone on the roster. Sean Baptiste remains the leading scorer for FDU with his 13.3 ppg, but his 36 percent effort from the field and 27.3 percent beyond the arc leaves a lot to be desired.
The Roadrunners made just 1-of-7 shots behind the three-point line in the first half, but that didn't prevent the squad from posting a seven-point advantage at the break and eventually moving on to the 10-point victory against UC Irvine yesterday. UTSA survived 13 turnovers and 13-of-21 shooting at the free-throw line by hitting an even 50 percent from the floor in the outing. Devin Gibson posted a team-best 19 points, followed by Terry Fields and Morris Smith with 11 points apiece. Gibson, who has missed just one of his 18 attempts at the free-throw line over three games, paces this group with his 18.3 ppg and is also first with 13 assists. However, UTSA isn't exactly the poster child for team play because the squad is averaging just 10 assists per contest, which means there's a lot of individual play going on at the offensive end of the floor. Smith (12.7 ppg) and Fields (12.0 ppg), along with Gibson, are all averaging 5.3 rpg to give the team some punch in the paint.
The Roadrunners have played well against some decent competition thus far and considering FDU is not quite up to speed yet, this should end up as another victory for UTSA.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-San Antonio 77, Fairleigh Dickinson 54
11/24 10:42:06 ET