Yet another double-double from Ryan Bowie was not enough as UTSA fell to an 85-75 loss at Louisiana Tech. Bowie managed his sixth double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds but an all round team effort from Louisiana Tech was enough at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night.
Two other Roadrunners joined Bowie in double figures with JR Harris managing 19 points and Christian Wilson hitting 17. UTSA had a season best, with 18 assists but five players from Louisiana Tech managed double figures.
It was a tight first half, with neither side really able to take real charge of the game as the two sides traded long runs. A Bowie trey opened the game but the Bulldogs exploded and went on a 15-2 run to build a ten point lead.
But UTSA responded well as they pushed for eight unanswered points which made it a single basket game at 15-13. The Bulldogs seemed annoyed by that spurt and countered with another run, seven straight points, heading out to a 27-17 lead, back in double figures.
Yet again the Roadrunners went on a burst, and this time they were able to knot the scores after a 10-0 run tied things at 27. A Harris three-point play got things started Wilson contributed two free-throws and a layup before Bowie’s trey wrapped up the run.
Each side went on their own 7-0 runs to keep it tight at 34 but again Louisiana Tech had a run, and that gave them a 40-34 lead at the break. After that 6-0 run, the Bulldogs scored the first two baskets of the second half, which saw them take a 44-34 lead.
The hosts kept creeping the lead up as they managed to push it as far out as 63-46 with nine minutes left in the game. That was when UTSA started to respond and chip away at that gap and with two minutes to play it was a one basket game again at 78-76.
A three from Bowie cut the gap to 78-71 and a layup a pair of free throws from Wilson made it 81-75 with 25 seconds to play. That proved just too much of a bridge for the Roadrunners to overcome as the Bulldogs hit four free throws in that time for an 85-75.