GAME NOTES: Two of the weakest teams in the Western Athletic Conference get together at the Convocation Center in San Antonio on Saturday, as the UTSA Roadrunners go up against the Seattle Redhawks.
With just two wins in 16 tries against the rest of the WAC, Seattle is all alone at the bottom of the league standings heading into the weekend. The Redhawks are suffering from a six-game slide and have dropped nine of the last 10 games overall after bowing to Texas State by a basket on Thursday night, 67-65.
As for the Roadrunners, they too hit the hardwood two nights ago and used the opportunity to blitz the visiting Idaho Vandals, 74-56, which means UTSA has now matched its best run of the season with three consecutive victories. However, at 3-12 in conference play, the squad is only slightly ahead of Seattle in the standings at the moment.
UTSA won the first and only other meeting between the schools back in late January by a score of 78-75 on the road in Washington.
Seattle shot a sizzling 61.5 percent from the floor in the first half against Texas State in the last outing, converting 6-of-10 beyond the arc, but the team failed to make a single trip to the free-throw line which left the Redhawks with just a 38-37 advantage at the break before suffering the two- point loss. Chad Rasmussen scored a game-high 18 points, Allen Tate tacked on 14 and Prince Obasi logged a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 assists.
Over the course of the last eight games, the Redhawks have been led by seven different players in the scoring column, so it is no wonder that the team is having trouble putting together consistent efforts. With the program producing only 65.8 ppg over the course of 26 contest, it should also come as little surprise that there is just one double-digit scorer in Clarence Trent with a mere 10.3 ppg as the team shoots a woeful 61.1 percent at the free-throw line where they have been outscored by 170.
Michael Hale III scored a game-high 26 points as the Roadrunners posted a 74-56 win over the Idaho Vandals in Western Athletic Conference play at the Convocation Center on Thursday night. Also scoring in double figures for the Roadrunners were Kannon Burrage and Jeromie Hill with 16 and 12 points, respectively. The Roadrunners, who shot 16-of-27 (.593) from the field after intermission, turned the ball over just six times on the night as they picked up only their third home win of the campaign.
In conference play, Burrage is the leading scorer with 17.3 ppg, although his mere 38.2 percent accuracy from the floor is less than stellar, so too is the fact that he has just 15 assists in more than 500 minutes of action. Hale III checks in with another 16.1 ppg and while he too has trouble finding the mark from the field (.368) just like Burrage, he does pick up the slack in the passing department with 62 assists for a squad that is generating a mere 65.9 ppg.
At this point, a game like this is a matter of survival for the one team that doesn't want to be languishing at the bottom of the standings when the conference tournament rolls around. As long as Burrage and Hale III don't send up too many missed shots, the hosts should prevail.
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