Texas State outlasts UTSA in overtime, 81-78
SAN ANTONIO — Michael Hale III and Kannon Burrage combined for 58 points, but Corey Stern posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to help Texas State outlast UTSA, 81-78, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
The Roadrunners (4-13, 0-7 WAC) led by as many as nine and held a six-point advantage after a Hale III 3-pointer made it 67-61 with 3:41 to play in regulation.
The Bobcats (5-14, 1-6 WAC) rallied to within two after a 3-point play by Joel Wright and a pair of Stern free throws cut the deficit to 68-66 with 2:45 on the clock.
Burrage knocked down a jumper to push the lead back to four, but Texas State answered with a Wesley Davis basket and a layup by Phil Hawkins with 1:29 to play.
Both teams missed 3-pointers and Burrage’s shot from the left side of the lane fell short as time expired, which sent the game into overtime.
Hale III and Burrage gave the Roadrunners a 76-72 lead in the extra session with baskets on back-to-back possessions with two minutes left.
Wright earned a pair of free throws after drawing a foul down low and converted both and Reid Koenen nailed a long trey from in front of the Texas State bench to give the visitors a 77-76 lead with a minute remaining.
Hale III answered with a contested jumper at the other end, but the Bobcats took the lead for good on Wright’s 3-point play with 35.1 seconds showing on the clock.
UTSA had two chances to tie or take the lead but missed both shots and Texas State held on to secure its first league victory of the year.
Hale III poured in a career-high 31 points on the strength of a 10-for-21 shooting performance from the floor and he grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists in 44 minutes. Burrage scored 27 behind 11 field goals in 43 minutes, while Edrico McGregor pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.
Koenen led Texas State with 23 points behind a 5-for-7 night from downtown, while Stern’s 18 came on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and an 8-for-12 effort at the charity stripe. Hawkins and Davis added 13 and 10, respectively.
The Roadrunners will hit the road to face Seattle (6-10, 1-5 WAC) at 9 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Key Arena.