Southern Miss Falls at UTSA 74-53 Saturday Afternoon
SAN ANTONIO – Ryan Bowie, playing in his final home game for UTSA, scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Roadrunners to a 74-53 Conference USA victory over Southern Miss at the Convocation Center Saturday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Golden Eagles to 7-18 on the season and 4-10 in C-USA play, as they fell in their sixth consecutive game.
Kourtlin Jackson led Southern Miss with 11 points, while Michael Ramey added nine and Khari Price and Tim Rowe chipped in eight apiece. The Golden Eagles shot just 32.7 percent (18-of-55) for the game, including 23.3 percent over the final 20 minutes (7-of-30).
Bowie paced three Roadrunners in double figures as Christian Wilson added 16 points and J.R. Harris collected 15, all in the first half. UTSA snapped a nine-game losing streak in the contest.
A tremendous shooting day by UTSA sent Bowie out on a winning note as they connected on 51 percent (25-of-49), including a season-high 14 3-pointers on 22 attempts for a 63.6 percent mark.
UTSA’s strong 3-point barrage started in the first half as the Roadrunner (5-23, 3-12) converted 10-of-15 in the opening half, including five from Harris – all of his game scoring - and four from Bowie.
The Golden Eagles stayed in the game in the first half by hitting 7-of-15 3-pointers, closing a gap by as many as 17 points in the opening half, to just 11 at halftime, 42-31.
The Golden Eagles then missed their first nine shots of the second half and the Roadrunners led by as many as 25 late in the contest to split the season series between the two teams. UTSA also dominated in the rebounding game, holding a 39-21 advantage over the visitors.
Southern Miss returns to action next Thursday, Feb. 25, when they entertain Rice in a 7 p.m., contest at Reed Green Coliseum.