Middle Tennessee Athletics
Men's Basketball

Roadrunners fall on the road to Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The UTSA men's basketball team dropped its Saturday evening game against Middle Tennessee, 84-60, in front of 3,425 fans at the Murphy Center in Tennessee.
UTSA (7-18, 1-13 C-USA) built an early seven-point lead but watched it slip away as MTSU clawed back to eventually overtake and control the lead. Middle Tennessee (15-9, 8-5 C-USA) got its revenge on the Roadrunners after falling to UTSA at the buzzer in San Antonio. MTSU got three 13-point performances on its way to a 14-point victory.
Japhet Medor and Lamin Sabally led the team in scoring as they each chipped in eight points. Three Roadrunners recorded seven points on the evening as Jacob Germany, John Buggs III and Isaiah Addo-Ankrah all tied for the second-most points on the team. Germany pulled down a team-high six rebounds to pair with his seven points. DJ Richards tallied six points and dished out a team-high two assists. Massal Diouf had two points and pulled down five rebounds for the second straight contest.

The Rundown
The Roadrunners started the game off hot, claiming a 6-0 lead thakns to three different Roadrunner baskets. The Blue Raiders rattled off five straight and went into the first media timeout down just one point, 6-5. The game started to flow, as the next media break didn't come until 10:12 as The Roadrunner lead sat at 16-11. A 7-3 spurt by MTSU over the next two minutes had the Blue Raiders down just a point, trailing 19-18. Middle Tennsee stated to find its groove after the under-eight timeout, taking the lead, 26-23, into the final media break of the half. The Blue Raiders finished the first half on a nine to six run and grabbed a 35-29 lead going into the break. At the half, Medor had a game-high eight points while Richards had six.
Middle Tennessee started to snowball its scoring in the second half, pushing the lead to 19 by the under-12 media break. The Blue Raiders continued to control the game, extending their lead to as large as 29 before going on to win, 84-60.

Up Next
Following a two-game road trip, UTSA will return to the Convocation Center next Saturday, Feb. 11, for a meeting with the UTEP Miners. The midweek break will be UTSA's first off-day of the C-USA season as it will be the only C-USA team not competing during the week. Saturday's game against UTEP is scheduled to tip at 3 p.m., will be streamed on CUSA.tv and broadcast on Ticket 760 AM.